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On March 16, 2008, I was unemployed, recently divorced and without a driver’s license. My doctors advised me that any further drinking would cause permanent pancreatic damage and eventual death. I felt hopeless.

Five days later, I entered the Talbot House and met a group of men who were changing their lives. We came from all walks of life but shared a common goal: to find happiness by eliminating alcohol from our lives. We went to meetings, shared meals and life experiences, encouraged one another, socialized together and learned from each other how to, again, live as sober and productive men. I was able to face and overcome my hopelessness and my problems by learning and implementing new recovery skills in order to ensure continued sobriety and happiness.

Due to the Talbot House, the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and sponsorship, my life today is as never imagined. Fortunately, I am able to go back and spend time with the new men of the Talbot House and share with them my experience, strength and hope. The Talbot House program, coupled with the men who run it, allows men the opportunity to transform by learning from those who already have achieved happiness, joy and freedom from the ravages of alcoholism. The friendships that follow are just a bonus.

David C.


After 34 years of hard drinking, my life was out of control, my body was nearly shot, my spirit had shut down, and I couldn’t put two thoughts together about what was going on with me. At the age of 52 years, I had lost it all…family, children, marriage, friends, home, cars, jobs and net worth. However hopeless and desperate I was, to my last drinking day, I had convinced myself that what I needed was another good job and another good woman. That done, I could then get my drinking under control.

In July of 2005, I ended up in a detoxification unit and blacked out for 2 ½ days. When I finally woke up, I had a man standing over me who offered his hand in help. I took hold of his hand and have been grabbing helping hands ever since.

In August of 2005, I came through the front doors of the Talbot House and found, to my amazement, 20 men reaching out their hands to help me. I again accepted the help that they were so freely offering and ended up living in the Talbot House, the Wallace House and then moved to the Hoard House. The transitional multi-house recovery system that the Talbot House offers helped me to evenly and methodically move through the early stages of recovery…one day at a time and one step at a time.

The Talbot House required me to insert “structure” back in to my daily life. I was expected to get up and make my own bed, complete a house chore, attend AA meetings on a regular basis, obtain and hold down a job and become a contributing member of a recovery society. With the help of the good people who operate and live at the Talbot House, I was able to achieve all of these things and today, enjoy a happy, joyous and free life.

Today, I stay connected with the Talbot House and try to help out the guys who come there, just like I did 4 ½ years ago. Talbot House is a safe and sober environment and is full of loving, caring and compassionate men who want a happy and serene life. You, too, can have what I found at the Talbot House.

Scott N.


On August 18th of 2009, I was arrested for probation violation. I was left to detoxify with nothing but a mat on the floor of my cell and a state blanket. I was completely broken. After 6 weeks, I was sent to an extended care treatment center in Minnesota. By the Grace of God’s will and through surrendering to my disease, my life was completely changed. For the next 5 months, I learned about my disease and worked on my personal recovery.

At the end of that time, I was granted an opportunity to stay at the Talbot House to ease back into society and to work the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There, I met a group of men who were willing to change their lives. We all wanted the same thing…to stay sober, to find happiness and to seek freedom from the ravages of alcoholism and addiction. Everyone went to meetings together daily. The men helped others in the house. When I landed at the Talbot House, I volunteered to lead a morning meditation and prayer group and it helped me and many others. I found a sponsor while staying there but, most importantly, I learned about Alcoholics Anonymous and what guys did to stay sober. I developed a “pack” mentality and went everywhere with someone at the Talbot House or with guys that I had met at the meetings.

My life changed…somehow…early in my Journey of Hope. But without the Talbot House and a transitional reentry into society, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I’m able to return to the Talbot House and meet the new men of the Talbot House. I made some great friendships while there. I know that I had to do whatever it takes to get a leg up onto the road to sobriety. Today, I know that we have a deadly disease and that the Talbot House helps those of us who want to save our own lives.

Marc I.


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