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"I am forever thankful for the knowledge and life skills that I acquired at Haley House"
My experience at Haley House is something that I still think about every day, to this day. Ironically, my name is Haley, so when I was looking into transitional living houses for women, “Haley House” really stood out to me. After doing some research and having an interview with the house, it was very apparent that Haley House was just the place for me to be.
I came to Haley House on my 18th birthday, naturally a little scared. I was welcomed by a house of about twelve other recovering women, and a very, very kind house staff. The resident assistants were extremely personable, and genuinely cared about my needs. I was first encouraged to make and attend meetings, find a home group, have a service commitment, and find a sponsor. And while this list seemed a bit overwhelming at first, it soon grew to be not only a new way of life, but something that I loved and enjoyed. It wasn’t before long that I also established a network of great people outside of the house, which really helped me through a lot.
I also learned a great hand-full of life skills from the house. Even just doing small things, like assigned chores around the house, helped to keep structure in my life. We would also help do the grocery shopping, and even took turns cooking dinner for the house! Who would have ever guessed that I liked to cook? Very small things like that helped me learn things about myself that I never knew before. We were also encouraged to get a job, or find volunteer work to occupy our time during the day. I spent my time volunteering for a nearby animal shelter. I can honestly say that it gave me so much satisfaction to give my time to helping out a place like that.
Another great part about the house was that we had morning meetings. We had a whole different array of groups, from eating disorders anonymous, spirituality group, and meditation group. We also get one-on-one time with the house counselor to go over our progress, or anything else that we had any concern about. It was a great way of being kept accountable for certain things that we planned to accomplish. It’s something that I think anyone can benefit from.
I am forever thankful for the knowledge and life skills that I acquired at Haley House. I have come a very long way in my recovery, and I could not have done it without the love and encouragement I received from everyone there. It is such an adventure, and I seriously recommend it to anyone seeking a women’s transitional living house! The opportunities are endless!

Haley P. - NC, 19 years old

"Haley House gave me the discipline and tools I needed to make something of myself in this world…. I have been through all kinds of rehabilitation programs and other types of halfway houses, but Haley House was different. No other facility gave me the structure or held me accountable in the way that Haley House did"
While in my 3rd rehab in a 2-year span, I decided I needed a long-term treatment plan to change my behavior. My therapist and I looked online for a 6 month female half way house that was not too far from where I lived. We found Haley house and both agreed it was a good fit. My ego told me it would be easy and fun and while that was true some of the time, I quickly learned it was not a " quick fix" but a real test of my ability to stay sober and change the way I had lived for 10 years.
Upon arriving I met the staff who were supportive and understanding, but I was intimidated and anxious because I could tell there was no fooling these women. it was then I realized I had never really changed during 30-day rehabs. I needed more time with people who saw right through the false exterior. I was terrified but willing. I wanted to do whatever I needed to in order to stay clean.
I was challenged on every level. I lived with women my age as well as much older. I found this helpful because it was an example of where I didn't want my life to be in 40 years. I say often that this experience was my bottom because I had to actually feel and experience my emotions for the very first time, and where better to deal with that than Haley. The home itself is spacious yet cozy, and there is someone to talk to and receive support from 24 hours a day. The staff has designed the home to function as a family, taking on chores, meals and grocery shopping together. These tasks taught me how to live as a normal functioning human being, as well as how to live with others. As well as functioning as a member of the family, I had to do certain things to gain responsibility. The First and most difficult step was to choose a sponsor, it was really hard to make myself vulnerable. But once I found a woman who had what I wanted, I swallowed my pride and asked, and I could breathe again when she accepted. We developed a trusting relationship and she walked me through the steps over my 6-month stay. After that I was on the job hunt and it was terrifying.
After many disappointments, I was given the opportunity to work in the kitchen at Alina Lodge. I was honored that I was trusted to work there. I began to value myself and see that I was a hard worker. I learned the value of a dollar and gained self-respect. I also made lasting relationships. Upon completing all these tasks I was able to drive my car and gained the freedom to leave the house on my own if I needed.
By following Haley House’s suggestions, I learned valuable life lessons, I learned about me and also what mattered to me. I was merely existing before Haley house. Now I had something to contribute to society.
Upon leaving Haley, you are given a strict calling plan to stay in touch with the staff. The staff stay close to you so you don't feel as if you've paid your bill and off you go! A year later I still have contact monthly with them. I am still welcome to stop by anytime if I need a refuge. I believe this is what separated Haley House from other halfway houses, you are a member of their family for life. They gave me the discipline and tools I needed to make something of myself in this world.
Today people trust me and even enjoy being around me. And the biggest gift of all was my baby girl that arrived this past October. I get to be a great mom and wife today and I believe I owe it all to the staff at Haley House.
Before Haley House, I was able to get sober. Staying sober was another issue. I always found myself in horrible situations after a period of time away from drinking and drugs, worse every relapse. After being in long-term treatment, I wasn't elated at the idea of a halfway house. But I had a small amount of willingness, and that's all that it took. I wanted to change my life for the long run - not temporarily. I have been through all kinds of rehabilitation programs and other types of halfway houses, but Haley House was different. No other facility gave me the structure or held me accountable in the way that Haley House did. I learned how to be a responsible member of society, and most importantly, become involved in a 12-step community.
There is no doubt in my mind that the tools that I learned at Haley House have enabled me to have the life I have today. I have done things in sobriety that I never thought I could do and been through situations I never thought I could stay sober through.
Haley House was not easy, but the life I have now has made it all worth it. I am forever grateful for Teresa, Susan, and the caring staff at Haley House.
I am so glad to have my family back in my life!!!!!
Life is good!!!

Rachel M.

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