I was a resident at Foundation House for 11 months and it saved my life. It gave me the relationships with my family back and taught me how to develop real friendships with my peers. It is not like so many other programs, where you are stuck in an institutional bubble, unable use any of the skills you are learning and actually grow towards an independent life in recovery. The culture is one where the cool thing to do is be sober, and you are given countless opportunities in activities, athletics and daily life to learn how to have fun again. I was convinced my life was over when I decided to get sober, and FH showed me otherwise.
The clinicians are among the best, and most caring that I have ever been around. They don’t just sit in their office and wait to see you for an hour a week. They are out at activities, up at the ranch, and support you in the community. The alumni staff who run the activities were awesome and showed me that things do get better.
Overall, Foundation House is an amazing place because it is not designed to be a holding pattern or another institution built upon false promises, negative culture and shame. It was the best place in the world for me to find recovery, connection and a new way of life. The people who work there, and the guys in the program saved my life.