A Message from Eric
- Starting Point Founder
At Starting Point Sober Living Community, I encourage residents to stick to the basics we hear about in 12 Step groups: get a sponsor, go to meetings, join a home group, practice the principles, stick together, and help
others. And at the end of the day, when you are in that foundation building time of recovery, come home to a safe place where the other guys have your back.
Practice these basics every day and the rest of your life will fall into place in a way you could never imagine.
When I was using, I thought you loved me if you gave me money or lied for me or co-signed my crap. That was my twisted sense of connection with others. Today, in recovery, I understand healthy friendships. I know how to earn trust and how to extend trust. And I know there is nothing to be gained from judging you.
If you are looking for a way out of active addiction, I don’t care where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or how you got yourself into or out of jams. I don’t care if you’ve never worked an honest day in your life.
I only care about one thing: Are you willing to become a solid guy? Are you willing to change?
Most of us come into recovery with no practical adult life experience and no clue about how to be a decent human being. That’s okay. We will teach you.
Sober living works to set a man up for success because it gives us 24-hour support, helps us chip away at the barriers we created in active addiction, holds us accountable to each other, and surrounds us with hope and inspiration because we get to watch the spiritual principles at work in the next guy.
Today, I don't question what it means to be a man, because recovery allows me to feel comfortable in my own skin. I don't waste energy trying to prove something. I help others, because recovery has given me the drive to be part of a community. Today, I actually have a good time rather than merely chasing a good time. I support myself responsibly. I take care of my body and my health. And above all, I stay clean and sober.
If you’re looking for an easy way or a complicated way to change your life, Starting Point is probably not the place for you.
If you’re looking to become a decent, sober, responsible, and trustworthy man, and you’re willing to practice a basic path to recovery, then Starting Point just might put you on the rewarding path to a whole new life.
Because every man can get back up ....
The mission of Starting Point is to provide a safe place to live with structure and stability so that residents can utilize skills accumulated in treatment and apply them to their transition back into the community. We believe in the 12-steps (AA or NA) and that recovery is possible through cooperation and the support of a safe environment and team. Starting Point focuses on assisting residents to build positive relationships, engage in everyday life without the use of drugs or alcohol, and learn to live life on life’s terms. All residents are encouraged to utilize supports within the program to eliminate barriers to success. Whether your goals are to obtain a driver's license, to re-establish relationships with families and children, to obtain sustainable employment, or to learn to live without wreckage and regret, Starting Point will lead you in the right direction.