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My Name is Tim Brainard and I am a sober, active alumnus of Limen House. On March 6, I celebrated three years of continuous sobriety.


Tim

I picked up my first drink at age 9 and have struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction my whole life. My ultimate decline was like that of many others in Delaware: I found prescription opioids, which led to a heroin addiction that depleted me of everything that mattered in my life. I lost four jobs, lost my family, became homeless and had trouble with the law. I made unsuccessful attempts at getting sober through rehab. Finally, I walked into detox weighing 130 pounds, with a trash bag holding all I had left in the world over my shoulder. I was bankrupt physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I went from detox to Gateway Foundation, and then to Limen House where I stayed just over eight months. The minute I walked into the doors of Limen House I felt a sense of ease and comfort, as I was welcomed by staff, residents, and alumni. I have been through other treatment programs and detox, but my Limen House experience is truly one of a kind. The individualized treatment and education of the disease concept, and the staff of counselors who guided me through were unparalleled. Limen House gave me the time to begin to heal and just become a better human being.

The only real difficulty I faced was when it came time to re-enter the world with my newfound sobriety, getting back to work and into the stream of life again. I was guided through by the staff, with support from the growing network of sober friends I now had in my corner. My counselor suggested I move to Limen House Level II sober living so I could approach this new way of life in a pragmatic way and put into practice what I had learned. I stayed with the Level II house for over seven months.

On March 6, I celebrated three years of continuous sobriety. My family relationships have healed and been restored. My employment as a peer specialist with Connections Community Support Program allows me to work with other people who are like me, and offer hope to them as Limen House offered to me. I am fully independent, living in my own apartment in Wilmington near Limen House, and have a car that is titled and insured in my name. This may seem a small deal to other people, but for a guy like me who walked into detox with nothing, these accomplishments are all small miracles.

I continually visit Limen house to attend alumni meetings, have dinner with the residents, and to keep in contact with all the counselors. I also visit to offer hope to the residents, as the alumni did for me during my stay.

Once the spirit of Limen House entered my heart and soul, I knew it was there to stay. This is why I donate financially and volunteer at Limen House and its events. My heart is full because of what Limen House has done for me, and I truly want other people to be afforded the same opportunity.

There are many signs in and around Limen House, but I have to say that my favorite sign sits out front. It says, “Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.” How very true this is of my Limen house experience.




Joshua

I’m Josh and I was very fortunate to have been able to go through the Limen House in 2013.

I had abused drugs and alcohol for more than a decade. I had tried many different things to kick my addiction before landing in the Limen House. When I arrived I was physically, mentally, and spiritually broken. I could hardly look in the mirror, as I was ashamed at what I saw. I had lost everything and was even losing the support from my family and friends. I was disconnected from society and couldn’t hold a job. I didn’t see a way out.

By the time I came through the door of the Limen House I was hoping that I would get better and someday be normal. Deep down, I didn’t believe that would ever really happen. Immediately, I was welcomed by the staff and the other residents and felt like I was part of the group. I was in the house for the first couple months but wasn’t fully committed. Because of that, I wasn’t getting the results I wanted or hoped for.

It was at this point, I truly believe, that God intervened in my life and gave me a feeling that I never experienced before. It was hope- and it changed everything. (I get goose bumps right now just remembering and describing it.) I wasn’t just going through the motions anymore just to get by and keep staff off my back. I was now doing what I was supposed to do because I believed that I could get better, and I wanted to do it. I started feeling better and better. I left the Limen House in a much better condition than when I arrived.

Today I still attend AA and a lot of the same meetings that Limen House introduced me to. I’m still really good friends with most of the guys I was in the house with and many alumni. I have built a network of supportive people that I may have never met if it weren’t for Limen House.

I cannot express all of the love and gratitude I have for Limen House in this short letter but I am forever grateful for what the Limen House has done for me and others.




My name is Ray.

It was hard to put into words how much of an impact Limen House has had on my perspective on life. I walked into that house like many alcoholics over the years, broken and full of anger toward myself. Once again I had ruined everything and pushed all of the people who cared about me away due to my obsession with drugs and alcohol. I didn't know what was wrong with me, why couldn't I stop?

I could tell that Limen House was different from the very first day. I was surrounded by people who had lived through the same misery as me, and had found a new way to live. They didn't just tell me I suffered from a disease, they showed me by bringing to my attention, on a daily basis, just how far from a healthy lifestyle my thinking and ideas can be. They made me take it slow, and I was forced to sit with myself and face my feelings. It was extremely uncomfortable at first, but slowly it became easier. Limen House was the beginning of my journey inward. I began to know and love myself for the first time in my life. They helped me get connected with a program where I met some of the best friends I've ever known. Before Limen House I would've never thought I could live a life this full of love and hope, or have a heart full of gratitude for every minute of it.

Ray



Danielle

Hi, I’m Danielle A.

I had done it again. After successfully completing the Limen House and obtaining 9 months of sobriety, I decided to drink and drug. Knowing exactly where it would take me, what a scary place to be. It didn’t last long though because I ended up overdosing, nearly killing myself. All I can remember is waking up in the hospital asking myself, "How could I have let this happen again?"

Luckily, the Limen House offered me a second chance, allowing me to go to their Level 2 House. On February 13, 2017, I walked through the door crippled by guilt and shame. I was completely defeated, broken and alone. I was in such a dark place and had lost all hope. But little did I know that day was the beginning of a new life for me. The Limen House gave me a safe and structured environment to rebuild my spirit. There I found a new sponsor and began to work the steps again. I was in a house full of women who were trying to obtain the same thing as I, sobriety. I felt a bond with these women like no other, and received the love and acceptance that I desperately longed for.

Today I can say that I have found gratitude for the relapse in which I walked through the door feeling so ashamed of. I have had an entirely new experience working through the steps with my sponsor and with God. The Limen House introduced me to my solution, and a freedom I wouldn’t have found anywhere else. The Limen House will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will be eternally grateful to them. They saved my life not once, but twice.




My name is Ashley. I am a recovering sober woman, and I am FREE.

For so many years I was locked in a never-ending cycle of drugs and alcohol. I lost everything, multiple times. And in the end, I found myself in an abandoned building praying to a God, that I wasn't sure existed, to please help me or take me away. Laying there that morning, I found the strength to get up and start walking. I didn't know where I was going. It was as if someone was moving my legs for me.

What I found was the Limen House. The place that would teach me how to live.

They gave me the tools to cope with life on life's terms. They held me accountable. They encouraged me to dig down deep and let go of so much that was blocking me off from being genuinely happy. They gave me love... They gave me AA. And in AA I found FREEDOM. I built my relationships back with my family. I worked with a sponsor. And have built a solid foundation in recovery that is lasting.

I am forever grateful.

Ashley R.

Ashley



Adam

My name is Adam Center and It is an honor to be asked to give my testimony for all that Limen house has done for me. They took me off the streets December 24, 2011 and gave me the tools that I would need to change my life forever. During my “interview” Mike and Reggie said that they thought I would struggle in the program but agreed to give me a chance and immediately welcomed me. They said that they were giving my family and I the best Christmas present that I had ever gotten before. I will never forget the relief I felt when I realized that everything was going to be OK. I was 13 years old the first time I took a drink. My alcoholism would progress to heavy drinking and legal consequences by the time I was 14, my first institution by 15. That would be the course of the next 16 years of my life. My alcoholism demanded treatment and I found opiates. I would go on to experience all kinds of trauma but never enough to stop me from using. I tried everything that I could until finally, I received the gift of desperation. I ended up in a detox and was ready to follow directions. My twin brother told me to “put on your seatbelt and get ready for the ride of your life”, he was referring to sobriety.

The Limen House introduced me to AA and the 12 steps. I would get a sponsor and go through all twelve steps while in the house. I left a changed man and a believer. Today I live a normal life. I was able to graduate with my bachelor’s degree and am currently enrolled in a master’s program. I am able to be available for my 7-year-old son, Oscar and the rest of my family. My twin brother overdosed in August and I was able to show up for my family and lean on my foundation of recovery to cope with the loss. Limen House taught me to set goals and show up no matter what. I am forever grateful for the opportunity that Limen House has given me and the vision for my future that I clearly see today.

Adam C.



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