Thoughts from Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living
Generally, when people first begin their recovery “journey,” they aren’t coming off a winning streak. They may have lost jobs or homes, or destroyed cars or marriages. So, when they first enter our doors, they’re just trying to keep their head above water. They’re generally much more concerned about their personal recovery than about judging anyone else in the room – or the CSTL recovery community.
In early recovery, people also tend to think that they are “special” and that no one shares their unique issues with addiction to drugs or alcohol. What they will come to find is that, while our residents are indeed special, no one’s problems are unique. We’ve all struggled with alcohol or drug abuse, and that’s why we’re living here – in a robust community where recovery comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. And that diversity makes us strong.
When I started my first sober living in Rancho Cordova back in 1987, I interviewed potential residents to move into shared housing with people that they did not know. Sometimes, the outcome was very unsuccessful and unacceptable, sort of like a really bad blind date. Then, I ran across this house for sale on Madison Avenue, and that is where I cooked up the secret sauce for Clean & Sober Transitional Living.
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