Its been over 13 years since I stepped foot out of the darkness and into the light…I want to thank those at Amicus that helped pave a new way of life for me…I had some wonderful Icons there for me in early recovery: Richard, Lori, Steve N., Henry G. and Loni…thank you for being a cornerstone in my life and you all will always be there…I am rich in the Spirit beyond anything I could have ever imagined…and it all started the day I stepped foot into your program…many heartfelt thanks again…I am glad that you are my peers now…love you alot…
On March 17th 2003 I was once again arrested for DUI and drug possetion. I had been in this exact position many times in the past so it almost felt ” normal “. Only this time was very different. Instead of the usual sixteen weekends cleaning parks for the county, stiff fines, lawyer fees, 18 month multiple offender classes, and maybe a week in jail.I was faced with a new reality. I had become a danger to society and the court system wanted to send me to prison for 32 months. I needed help but had no idea where to go or what to do. For the next 6 months after my arrest I continued to drink and use drugs and was extremely deppressed. Until my attorney refered me to the Amicus House and I interviewed with Lori J. and staff. I entered the facility in Dec. 2003.For the first time in my life I began to understand addiction and live a sober productive life one day at a time. I completed the 9 month program and I have been sober since. I am an active member of AA with a sponsor and a book that I read with regularity. My court case was reduced to six months and suspended in liew of my completion of the Amicus House program. Today I keep my sobriety first over bussiness and personal and as a result I am successfull at all of the above. My deep appreciation for Lori J. her staff and the Amicus House program will never fade. I am forever gratefull.
On November 26th, 2005, I was at the end of what turned out to be a 12 year run of drug and alcohol abuse. I had destroyed my marriage, threw away my career, and lost the ability to be a father to my son. I’d like to say that I made a decision to ask for help that night out of guilt or because I suddenly acquired a conscience, or maybe that it was because I decided for the first time in years to do the right thing. But the sad and pathetic truth is that I made the decision to ask for help for purely selfish reasons- I could not take the way I felt any longer. No amount of alcohol or drugs could alleviate the feeling of utter worthlessness I felt.I drove to my sister’s house where I wasn’t welcome. I told her I needed help, that I wanted to stop drinking and using. She let me in, made a few phone calls and a few hours later I was at the back steps of Amicus House- This is where my journey began….. It has been over 4 years since I entered Amicus and my life is amazing, so much better than I could have ever imagined. Not only do I have my son back in my life, he lives with me full time and I once again have the ability to be a loving, caring, responsible father. My career is back on track and I have my life back. I will be forever grateful to Amicus House. My sister provided me with the gift of treatment and Amicus House provided me with the gift of recovery!
On Dec. 21, 2007 I hit an all time low I had never experienced before. I had lost my mind. I had lost my self respect. I had lost hope.
Upon stepping foot into Amicus House I was defiant, I was self reliant and I was stubborn.
I needed help.
My parents wouldn’t help me. My friends had all given up on me. I didn’t know how to NOT drink and use.
Amicus House gave me the tools I needed to rebuild my future. When I got here, I had no life. Amicus House was a safe place for me to live while I picked up the pieces of my broken life. I learned how to be employable. I learned how to be accountable. I learned about responsibility, dependability and working for things that I wanted. I wanted my own place to live. I planned for it. I worked towards it, and I made it happen.
I wanted to learn how to not drink and use drugs at the expense of everything and everyone else in my life. I went to meetings, I got a sponsor, I worked the steps, and my life got better.
I wanted to go back to the job of my dreams. I started at a coffee shop, then became a dishwasher, and now I own my own company.
My dreams are becoming a reality because I am sober today. I have goals, I work hard, I suit up and I show up, even when I don’t want to. I learned how to live my life without drinking and using at Amicus House.
Amicus House offered me every tool I needed to heal, to grow up, and to be a productive member of society. I owe my deepest gratitude to the staff of Amicus House who planted the seed of recovery in my heart. Thank you a million times over for helping me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for not giving up on me , talking to me when I needed a voice of reason, and allowing me to make my own choices. The patience that you all have and the love that you all have shown me makes ME want to be more like YOU. And for this, I am grateful.
After forsaking the red flags and warning signs of addiction for many years, I found myself with a chagrined option of being incarcerated or seeking help in a recovery program. Luckily my family was still supportive and not only encouraged rehabilitation and recovery but found Amicus House . On my court date we were met by Lori Johnson and though feeling unsettled in this turbulent time she made the situation seem optimistic. At Amicus House feeling the anguish and trepidation of my situation I was quickly shown that there is a better way to live.Through the honesty and open heartness of the staff I began to believe in myself and what could be accomplished. It was then that the obsession and compulsion to alter who I really am was lifted. This is truly the miracle. Then on to their S.L.E. where I learned to successfully merge back into society.Now in my recovery I am enrolled in Amicus House Aftercare program where new questions can be addressed. The Amicus House Program of recovery has given me a “second chance at a first class life.” For this I will be forever GRATEFUL.
At the request of my counselors at the Kaiser drug treatment program, I entered Amicus House in May 2008. At the time I was only interested in getting the courts off my back and getting away from the horrible living situation I was in. I knew I needed help, but still thought I could do it on my own. With the help of the Amicus staff, I was able to develop a willingness to get a sponsor and work the steps. I started talking to my family again, I developed freindships, and I gained back some of the self-esteem that I had lost. At the Residential house I started on the path to sobriety, but it’s because of the continued support at the SLE that I was able to continue my journey. I am not sure if I would’ve been able to make it if it wasn’t for the SLE.
Today I am employable, I have the best relationship with my parents that I have ever had, and I am actually back in school. I have even been accepted to San Jose State University! But it’s not just about the material stuff that I have gained, it’s also about the emotional and spiritual well-being that I have attained.
You don’t have to be 50yrs old and ready to die to be able to get this program. I am only 25yrs old and have 2yrs of sobriety. There is a large group of young people that have gotten sober even at the age of 18! You can do it if you want it!
I entered Amicus house in December of 1999. My goal was to get out of trouble with the courts on drug charges. All i had going in was an open mind and the willingness to try something different. Through the program at Amicus house I learned how to live life (the good, the bad and everything in between) without the use of drugs. I still stay in contact with the staff even the ones who have moved on. I am so grateful of the life I have today! 10 years clean and sober and enjoying every minute of it!!!
My name is Reggie V. I entered Amicus House in January 2004. I was dealing with an addiction to Meth for 10 years. This addiction caused me to loose my family, good friends, jobs and most of all self respect. My life consisted of a horible cycle of drugs and jail. My final and last opportunity was presented to me from God and my Family to get help. I took the opportunity! I knew I needed it and I wanted it very bad. A friendly face from Amicus House came and picked me up from the San Jose main Jail. I entered this program and I was taught how to love and respect myself again. I not only learned valuable principles from the staff but I learned from my peers inside this program going through the same issues dealing with the same type of problems I was going through. I built friendships that helped me get through this process and transition. We were able to work together and help each other. Amicus House provided me a foundation for life and created new healthy friendships for me.
Since January 2004 My life has been a life I would never have dreamed it could be. I owe so many thanks to God and to the Staff at Amicus House. I will always be grateful !!
Amicus House is the best thing that has happened to my life, I thank God for Amicus House, because I was given a new outlook on life through Amicus House. God got me the help that I needed, and he got me to Amicus House, where my life has changed. Again, I thank God for Amicus House, because if there were no Amicus House I would not have had a chance to get the help I so desperately needed.