We at Cleveland House are extremely proud of our Facility and our residents. We have had many people come through our doors, some have happy stories – others don’t – and a few don’t have stories left to write. We can’t keep someone here that doesn’t have the desire to improve their life situations. The Cleveland House is here, as is recovery, for people that want it, not just need it.
As mentioned, we have successes – we would like to mention a few! First, of course, we have to mention the owner of Cleveland House. Alan opened the Cleveland House with 18 years of sobriety under his belt. Although he was successful in his prior businesses, he found that he was not sufficiently supplying his recovery bank with vital resources. This was the beginning of his move to help others.
Alan R.: Alan is the owner of Cleveland House and has over 35 years of sobriety. He is a dedicated member of AA and is a fixture at meetings, particularly the ones that he hosts at Cleveland House. Alan is a concerned and supportive role model for people coming into recovery with an honest desire to get and stay sober.
The House Manager resides at the Cleveland House, but not in the same capacity as the rest of the residents. He has been at the Cleveland House for a substantial amount of time and is here to help and mentor the men that are new to the house. He is wise to the disease and can spot problems long before they get out of hand. He is a real asset to The Cleveland House!
Eventually I ended up with multiple felonies that prevented me from getting any decent jobs but I don’t think I would have been able to be employed anyway. I destroyed all my friendships and relationships. The girl of my dreams eventually had enough of me too. My family was sick and tired of my lies. Life as I knew it was over and I didn’t care if I lived or died. I hated myself; I was overcome with guilt shame and pity. I never thought my life was going to end up like this when I took my first drink. I felt completely hopeless and I couldn’t see a way out at the time. Little did I know that there was hope on the horizon. I was soon to know life like never before. My life was about to be flipped around and my journey would start at a place called The Cleveland House.
At first I didn’t know what was going to take place. I came to Florida to the Cleveland House because I couldn’t stand looking into my mother’s eyes knowing her only son had amounted to nothing. So I left home not knowing what to expect. I came to Cleveland house March 12, 2005. When I got there, there were guys from all over: Philadelphia, Boston, New Jersey, etc. They were all just like me- trying to start over and start a new life. There were several different twelve step programs to get involved with. So I hung out with the guys that were trying to stay sober.
I started going to meetings trying to find a solution to my problem. One day I met a man that showed me a perfect design for staying sober and clean. He promised me if I did what he told me that my life would change beyond my wildest dreams and he was right. Today my life is better than I could ever have imagined. I’m getting ready to start my own business. I never thought I could be this happy. I’m not talking about material things; I’m talking about the way I feel on the inside.