Bridge House Alumni

A New Hope

Derrick, Bridge House Alumni

“ I am currently in college for Business Management, I am about to be a father, and I was just promoted to Assistant Floor Manager. I am indebted to Bridge House for giving me a chance to change my life. ”

I just couldn’t break the cycle

Don T., Bridge House Alumni

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

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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.

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.

Bridge House gave me the break I needed

Jeff, Bridge House Alumni

In my mind I was not the ‘stereotypical’ alcoholic: I was a law school graduate with a promising future who had just had a string of bad luck, a young kid just making up for a mild college career by drinking and sometimes carrying it a little too far, who thought the drinking was something I could always turn off when the time called for it. Problem was that time never came.

I Was Given Another Chance

, Bridge House Alumni

My addiction led me to places that I never thought I would go: jail, living on the streets and no contact with my family or loved ones.  I came to Grace House homeless, hopeless and helpless.  I had nowhere to go, but I knew that I never wanted to live that way again.  I was

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Bridge House Gave Me a Life Worth Living

Wirth, Bridge House Alumni

Too often I followed such visits to the rooms of AA with a stop at the bar, hoping to just have a couple to take the edge off the hangover that plagued my working hours, only to find myself in that dreaded cycle of not being able to stop after once feeling the effect of the first drink.

David B.

David B., Bridge House Alumni

I arrived at Ms. Green’s office, completely exhausted, on January 7, 2007 and transitioned on January 10, 2008. I cannot truly express all that Bridge House did for me in that year. My parents were astonished and my stepmother (of 20 years) was truly meeting me for the first time.


Jon, Bridge House Alumni

“I can’t do this alone.” These five words comprise the realization that set into motion a transition that changed my life. Years of struggle, pain, and angst had whittled my resolve down to a low the likes of which I had not known possible.


Thomas, Bridge House Alumni

I am finally, truly learning the way to uphold sobriety, learning to be a productive member of society, a good husband and a healthy father. I am looking forward to the rest of my life thanks to this facility and the support that comes with it.

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