Broken and hopeless? Come on in

By Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

What does it take to be successful in the Clean & Sober Transitional Living environment? First of all, it’s essential to have a sense of humility and even “brokenness.” From the moment people walk in our front door, I have a good sense of their humility. That’s a critical thing because the successful resident will be coming from a place of “I’ve tried everything else, and I’ve exhausted every other resource.” They have to be in a place where they recognize their way isn’t working, so they’ll be willing to do whatever it takes.

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Good news, with more yet to be revealed!

don troutman 3If you happen to follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my recent post about some exciting developments at Clean & Sober Transitional Living. During my 29 years in the sober living business, we’ve evolved to be the best intentional living community in existence. I’m always shooting for the stars in terms of operating with integrity and providing high-caliber recovery housing, and I’m committed to making CSTL the most effective sober living community in the country.

As part of that vision, for the last 20-plus years I’ve wanted to offer a “back to work” program for our residents. I am happy to say that we are working on that goal now! And our plans go far beyond my original expectations.

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Blame, shame and the endless cycle of addiction and alcoholism

Thoughts from Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

Where do you go when you’ve finished your formal treatment program for addiction or alcoholism? For many, returning to old habits and habitats, old friends and old ways of coping can undermine even the best intentions to live without drugs or alcohol.

We don’t become addicts or alcoholics overnight; by the same token, we don’t cement our sobriety overnight. Getting out of treatment and returning to “society” without support for recovery is like an ice cube melting in the hot sun. Without support for sobriety, it’s just a matter of time before we give in to familiar routines, old ways of responding to life’s challenges, and the siren song of old drinking buddies.

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The most essential ingredient of recovery? Give me an "I"

By Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

A common expression in the recovery community is “The only thing you need to change in recovery is every thing.” That’s true: getting and staying sober calls for new ways of thinking, new responses to old triggers, new friends who don’t drink or use drugs, families that function in new, healthy ways, and more. That’s a tall order. But there’s one essential element that underpins all of those necessary changes, and that’s integrity.

For the record, the dictionary defines “integrity” as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” I’m astonished that so many people don’t seem to know what integrity means because integrity is the cornerstone of all civilized behavior, including recovery.

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