Hurley House was a place where I learned "living skills." I was fortunate enough to attend and graduate college, even with all my drinking and drugging. But soon, my addiction abuse landed me in homeless shelters, detoxification centers, State Hospitals, and various TSS centers. My life was in total ruin, but the Hurley House was the "University" that afforded me a wonderful opportunity.
I had to learn how to live all over again -- as a clean and sober man. The recovery program at Hurley House afforded me this wonderful opportunity. Fortunately, I followed the suggestions during this six-month program and was lucky enough to get the chance to go on to "Graduate School" at the 3/4-house known as Duggan House.
In December of 2006, I celebrated my 10th Anniversary. Today, I enjoy and deal with life on life's terms, and I attribute my successes to the Hurley House program and Staff. I have a new investment in life, married with a family, and enjoy the amenities that accompany a "clean and sober" lifestyle. I can tell you this without a blink of an eye: my time at Hurley House and Duggan House was the best investment I will ever make. It wasn't always easy, but it was certainly worth it.
I am so grateful to the Hurley House and the Staff. Unfortunately I did not make it the first, second, or even the third time around. I should be dead from this disease 10 times over, but someone saw something in me and gave me another chance. It took multiple trips to detoxification centers, including Bridgewater and other fine establishments, but Hurley House provided me with the right links to work on remaining sober. When things start to get bad, I have now learned not to pick up a drink but to follow the other path -- ask my Higher Power for help and drop into the Hurley House for some coffee and conversation.
I was a resident of Hurley House in 1977. Hurley House put me on the right track for sobriety. Sober close to 30 years, I can honestly say my life would not be the same if I had not attended Hurley House in my early sobriety.