Oak House

My name is Carley. I’m 24 years old and I’m an alcoholic. There are many things that are important to me in my life today but I would like to share with you the three that I truly appreciate. First July 30th 2011 my sobriety date, second I have faith in my higher power and myself, third September 8th 2011 the day I came to Oak House.

I mention these three because without them I believe I would be dead or locked up somewhere. July 30th 2011 I went into treatment for the third try at this way of life. I knew I had lost everything in my life that was important to me including my family. It was recommended that I go to Oak House for long term residential treatment. I was scared to make the commitment but finally I did and on September 8th 2011 I arrived at Oak House. I will never forget that day.

I spent three months in Oak House and part of me wishes I was still there. Treatment wasn’t easy for me. My grandfather passed away while I was at Oak House and I am so grateful to the staff and my peers for all the support I received during that time. I stayed sober and was able to be there for my family. I am forever grateful to Lynn, Marilee, and Dave for all their support through this painful time in my life.

At Oak house I learned how to be responsible for myself. For the first time I built a strong foundation for my recovery. I was also able to participate in sober fun events like the walks for recovery, sober dances, and the Halloween party at Oak House was so much fun!

Today I’m a better daughter, sister, and person then I ever was and I will be forever grateful for all the love and support I received from the staff at Oak House. Today I have enrolled back in school to work on getting my teaching degree. I come by Oak House and volunteer when I can and am living a sober life and have become a productive member of society.