|CLEVELAND HOUSE TESTIMONY|
|Kevin K arrived at the Cleveland House November 26, 2009|
I was a 25 year
chronic relapse. I had been through treatment 3 times in Hawaii
(once at 22 years of age, once at 25, once at 26). Upon finishing
my 3rd stay at a treatment center, Castle Hospital and
Addictions Center, I began some success in AA. I found a sponsor,
home group and started working the steps. Before I knew it, I had
one year of sobriety. Unfortunately, I became enmeshed with a 90
day whiner wonder, and relapsed. I became hooked on Crystal Methamphetamine
which took me to the verge of destruction. From 1991 Ė 1994 I maintained
sobriety again. However, after another trip back to Hawaii I was
under the lash of alcoholism again. Once more I found the program
and lasted 5 years, only to, once again slip from the Grace of God.
From 2003 Ė 2009 I was in and out of the program. Busted disgusted
and not trusted. Going through job after job. Losing lucrative careers
and friendships quickly. I was at the end.
Then GOD shined a light down while I was getting detoxed in George Washington University Hospital. It was Stevie B and the West Side Men's Group. I had previously spoken with Alan at the Cleveland House and he tried to get me to come down. I even made reservations but stopped at a bar on the way to the airport. I did not make it in time for my flight. With my Family's help, they drove me and made sure I got on the plane. Ultimately, I landed in Ft Lauderdale SOBER and was escorted to the Cleveland House by staff. For the first time I met Alan face to face. I remember him saying to me, you can change your life Kevin. I went to the Friday Night Meeting and asked BIG BOOK BILL to be my sponsor. He accepted and told me to READ THE BIG BOOK. I was incredibly hungry. It was the day after Thanksgiving. Alan gave me two turkey sandwiches and sent me off to my room. The next morning I woke and was grateful for ONE LAST SHOT. I had 4 job offers in 3 days. I began meeting people. I went to the West Side Men's Group. Big Book Bill was unable to continue my sponsorship so I threw myself out in the Men's Group and Joe T picked me up. I then met Stevie B and all of the Group. Spike, DJ, Eric, and the rest of the guys.
Alan gave me the opportunity to chair the 7 AM Early Risers Group. I started grabbing people from the West Side Men's Group to come and share. I got speakers from BOCA. They were up at 5:30AM get the donuts and SHOW UP. I became a changed man. I owe my life to South Florida and its recovery program. At one year of sobriety, I went back to the Cleveland House so Alan could give me my one year medallion. I was no longer Busted Disgusted and NOT TRUSTED. Today I assist running a multi million dollar business. I am trusted again. GOD did for me what I could not do for myself. There is not one day that goes by that I do not think about my family in Hollywood.
May GOD BLESS YOU Cleveland House!
Kevin K, Spotsylvania, VA
|Mike H arrived at the Cleveland House March 29, 2010|
My name is Steven Davis. I'm twenty-eight
years old. I was born and raised in Warren, Ohio, about forty-five minutes
south of Cleveland. I was raised by divorced parents- an only child
of a loving mother. My mother always worked two jobs which left me alone
most of the time. Growing up I always felt "less than", and that lead
me to try to fit in wherever I could, which eventually led to
drinking and smoking pot. I was thirteen when I took my first
drink: hard liquor, and I blacked out and donít know what I did that
night. I remember the next day swearing not to do it again but little
did I know I had opened a door that I would Not be able to shut no matter
how much I wanted it to close. The more I drank and used, the worse
things got. I was always in trouble with the law. I was always around
the older guys because it made me feel secure to be ďpart of.Ē I dropped
out of school at age sixteen; I thought I could take care of myself.
The alcohol and drugs had already distorted my perception and my ability
to make decisions. I couldnít see that it was ruining my life. Over
the next ten years my life became a living hell. Always in trouble with
the law, stealing, lying cheatingóI would do whatever it took to get
my booze and drugs.
Eventually I ended up with multiple felonies that prevented me from getting any decent jobs but I donít 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 didnít 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 couldnít 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 didnít know what was going to take place. I came to Florida to the Cleveland House because I couldnít stand looking into my motherís 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. Iím getting ready to start my own business. I never thought I could be this happy. Iím not talking about material things; Iím talking about the way I feel on the inside. -- Steven Davis