Our Stories

I just couldn’t break the cycle

Don T., Bridge House Resident

In the beginning, things were good. I had lots of money, lots of drugs, and, of course, lots of women. My work took me to places most people never dreamed of. To stand on The Polar Ice Cap or next to the Crucifix in Rio were magnificent adventures to me. These experiences were never ending in my life. So was the cocaine.

I just didn’t want to live that way anymore

Johnny T., Bridge House Alumni

My sobriety date is January 19, 2001—that is the day I walked through the doors of Bridge House and my life changed for the better, forever. As I walked through the archway of the front doors on Camp St., I had a strong feeling of relief that everything was going to be okay for the first time in a long time.

I needed liquor to survive, yet it was killing me

Mike B., Bridge House Alumni

I was 18 years old when I took my first sip of alcohol. I hated it. What I did like however, was the feeling of being accepted by my friends. I had arrived. The answer to my loneliness and self- loathing, was finally revealed to me: Alcohol. It fixed everything for me and I was finally, a part of something. For over 15 years, I searched for that feeling, having both good times and bad.

I felt as if drinking was the only thing that kept me sane

Ashley F., Grace House Resident

When I first choose to drank, I was 13 years old. I had just been accepted into the first 8th grade class at my high school, and I was heavily involved with my ballet studio. There was a student at my studio, who was also a senior at my high school, and instead of taking her freshman little sister out for a traditional night on the town, she chose me.

I was completely out of options

Corey S., Bridge House Resident

My name is Corey. I am 33 years old, and I am an alcoholic. I took my first drink at a very young age. I was 10 the first time I got drunk. I certainly didn’t drink all the time back then, but I probably thought about it every day—I couldn’t wait for the next

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I was finally facing the root of my issues

Shane, Bridge House Resident

I am a 29 year old alcoholic/drug addict, and I have been battling with addiction since I was about 13 years old. For many years, I thought that my life was manageable—up until about eight years ago when things started to really spiral out of control.

A New Beginning

Casey B., Bridge House Alumni

I am a 30 year old alcoholic who thought my life was completely hopeless and unmanageable. I was born in New Orleans to a teen mother who was in and out of my life—for the most part—until my grandparents stepped up and took on the role as my parents. My father was absent from my life until I was about 8 years old. It wasn’t until then that I found out that he was a hardcore alcoholic.

I have been given the gift of a new life

Dawn F., Grace House Resident

After struggling for years with anxiety, depression and a severe addiction to alcohol, I was led by my higher power to Grace House on April 25, 2014—where I entered into treatment for the first time. My parents divorced when I was five years old. I was raised by my grandmother until the age of eighteen.

I just existed

Karen H., Grace House Resident

I had lots of friends and a decent family life—I just never felt like I belonged. I started drinking at the age of 16. Drugs followed soon after. This started the life I was to know for the next 35 years. I’ve been addicted to many different things-drugs, food, relationships and alcohol.

I’ve found myself again

Miranda A., Grace House Alum

By my high school years, I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities like dancing, modeling, and cheer leading. I also started drinking and using at this phase of my life. This was the beginning of my chaos. By the 10th grade, the effects of my drinking and using really started catching up to me.

I pulled myself up

Brett J., Bridge House Resident

Alcohol and drugs were my solution for many years, but, somewhere down the line, it had turned its back on me. By working the steps and building my support group in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, I began to learn how to deal with everyday life issues that I would normally get intoxicated over.

I love being alive today

Sheri B., Grace House Alum

Today, staying clean is the most important thing in my life. I am involved in my life, and I am constantly learning to be a productive member of society. I have ups and downs, but I know that I have no reason to use again today. I love being alive today, and to have had that awakening was worth everything to me.

I was lost and broken

Kathleen A., Grace House Alum

Five years ago, I entered Grace House broken and completely lost—I had no idea just how bad. Although I was broken, there was room for hope to come in through the cracks. I am thankful to have had hope.

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