About Recovery Directions
About Recovery Directions – Bobby’s Story
For as long as I can remember I felt different from other people.
Even as a child I thought that something was wrong with me. I never felt like I fit in anywhere I went or with anyone I was around. It wasn’t until the age of 18 that I found alcohol made all of those feelings of inferiority go away, in fact, they made me feel just the opposite. I finally felt comfortable in my own skin.
I stumbled my way through college somehow, but then it got much worse. I had a surgery that called for opiate pain killers. I found them to be the greatest feeling I had ever felt, it was pure euphoria. My addiction to opiates lasted for ten more grueling years, it was far from euphoric anymore. I was taking up to 90 pills a day just to keep from going through physical withdrawals, or being “dope sick.”
I had lost all dignity, self-respect, and was of no use to anyone.
I was blessed enough to have a family that still loved me enough to call a trained and certified Interventionist from Texas who helped my family set up an intervention to show me that I wasn’t just hurting myself – but that I was hurting the people I love the most.
I had tried to “get clean” throughout my addiction many times at 28, 30, 45 day treatment centers, but I never truly bought into the idea that I could not use alcohol or drugs in any form.
By the time the Intervention came along in the Summer of 2008, I was beat in to a state of submission. I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt it was either long-term treatment or death. I was in long-term treatment for four months followed by sober living for one year in Austin, TX.
It was while in a sober living home that I truly found the fellowship in recovery, the principle of one addict/alcoholic helping another, and for the first time in my life I was comfortable with being me.
Upon returning to Little Rock and getting involved in the recovery scene here, I found that the sober living homes weren’t quite as structured as the one I had lived at in TX.
They were’t in good neighborhoods with easy access to jobs, college, etc. That’s when I decided to purchase a 3,000 square foot home in West Little Rock and turn it into a men’s Sober Living Home modeled after the one that had helped me and so many others in TX.
The house has six bedrooms, can accommodate up to eight men at any given time, not including a full-time houseman who is in charge of testing, making sure the men keep curfew, and for constant help regarding the program of recovery.
The residents of the house must be gainfully employed, or a full-time student. They are assigned a monthly chore list to instill a good work ethic and a clean living environment, they must attend a minimum of four outside 12-step meetings a week, and remain current on their rent.
All rooms have cable TV, telephone, and Internet. There is ample storage and closet space for each resident. Residents can apply for a weekend pass after being at the house for a minimum of 30 days if they are in good standing regarding their rent, meetings, chores, etc,.
Public transportation for those without transportation is close by and easily accessible.
I am personally involved with the day to day operations of the house and the residents.
I am always available for counseling at no charge for the residents and will do everything in my power to bring about an environment supportive to each and every man’s long term recovery and a new found way of life.