Residents share in their own words how The Valentine House has transformed their lives...
Get Your Life Back.
I have lived 10 months at the Valentine House in Lyndhurst. I had struggled with alcoholism for about 15 years. When I finally realized that I needed more than 21 day treatments here and there, and admitted to myself that I have a problem, I went into 14 months of inpatient treatment.
I moved into the Valentine House the same day I completed treatment. At that point I felt I now knew it all and was ready to live in the real world. Of course there were so many times in my life that I felt I knew it all. And I was wrong every time. It was so helpful to me to move into a house full of sober women who were working a program, had sponsors and went to meetings. I knew that I was surrounded by women who were going to keep me in check, and encourage me to the lifestyle that I was used to when I was in treatment. Which is basically to work a program, keep a good relationship with my sponsor, and go to meetings. We have structure and rules at the house, and we watch each other’s behavior to make sure that we are in a “good place.” The house is beautiful and large. It’s so cozy, you look forward to coming home after work.
But living at the Valentine House has meant more to me than that. Lisa and Charles Valentine visit the house frequently and help us to keep the structure that we have in the house. They are very affectionate and provide everything that the house needs, and we usually don’t even have to ask. Living here has prepared me to live in a world where I am surrounded by regular people. I feel stronger than ever before. The strength I have now, I did not have that strength when I moved in 10 months ago. I acquired that by living here. I am so thankful and grateful for this beautiful house and for the Valentines. I would definitely say that this house and my God Jehovah kept me sober, and I will stay sober.
I will miss this house, my roommates, and the Valentines! But it is time to move on, and I am so ready. I am forever so so grateful for this house. ♥️
Help Transform More Lives:
HOW VALENTINE HOUSE HELPS
Provides safe environment
Support from living with other recovering people
Increases resident's odds of staying sober
Encourages structure and living a purposeful life
Must have job/income
Be committed to living a sober lifestyle
Abide by house rules