“Most families that face addiction of a loved one have no idea what will be required of them to contribute to their loved one’s recovery. That was certainly the case with us as plans were being made for our son to travel from a facility in Montana to Power House in Gonzales, Louisiana — a place we had never heard of in a part of the country with which we had little familiarity.
We were able to visit Power House and meet the professional team before making the final commitment – not that we really understood the nature of the commitment we would be making at the time.
The first thing that struck us about Power House was the commitment of the directors and staff of the program and the fact that it is a 24 hour a day program in which every aspect of the client’s life/recovery is addressed in a highly structured and disciplined manner. It was clear that our son would be entering an experience and hopefully following a lifestyle which, as a young adult, he had never really pursued – a rigorous schedule, chores, outside work, education, community activities, and intense counseling sessions. We also learned that this would not occur quickly – only gradually would responsibilities and freedoms be granted.
Equally structured was the way in which we would be asked to participate in and support the recovery process. It was made clear that “less” is “more” in the early days and that required a lot of trust. A compelling endorsement of Power House is the fact that one rather brief visit to meet the Power House team (along with recommendations from others) was enough to trust them with his process and commit ourselves to following the program – just as we had hoped our son would.
As we embarked on this process communication with Power House directors and staff was frequent, frank, and completely consistent with the program, protocol, and time-line, which had been laid out for us in our initial meeting. Further, they were always available to us when we wanted updates, had questions, or just needed someone to discuss things with.
As the weeks and months passed we went from fear to optimism and confidence in our son’s recovery as we saw Power House support his efforts and saw him achieve things which were not possible in the past. Now, well over two years after we were first introduced to Power House, we proudly and enthusiastically continue to be a part of the Power House “community” as our son continues with his successful recovery.”
-Parents of a Graduate
“Power House saved our son’s life. The Power House program is structured, client-focused progression. It provides a sense of community for newly recovered alcoholics and addicts and is staffed by a team of professional counselors who are tough but caring. The three phase program allows young men to mature and practice their sobriety in a safe and nurturing environment. The standards for progression are tough but reasonable and give the participants a sense of achievement and independence as they complete each phase.
Power House has developed a respected and positive program for sobriety. Young men are expected to work to contribute to the cost of attending the program. They are encouraged to continue pursuing an education while learning how to live with their addiction. The residences are safe and physical (including gym memberships) and mental activity are essential to learning to live a healthy lifestyle.
When a young man graduates from the program, he has a community to support his continued sobriety. The counselors are experienced, both professionally and personally, and they are outstanding role models for living a sober and productive life. Our son is still involved with Power House as a sponsor and supporter for current residents.”
-Mark M. and Sue S.
“One of our children was at a very tough spot in his life. The addiction and resulting choices left chaos, broken relationships, and a lack of peace. To have our child at this place in his life broke our hearts, especially when we realized that nothing we could do would change or “fix” this situation. Our child finally accepted the hand of help and hope in his life. The staff at Power House began to equip him to live sober and clean. Through faith in God, the accountability among the guys at Power House, and the guidance and support of the staff our son humbly began to dig deep and begin the painful, yet necessary, journey toward health of mind, body, and spirit.
After a year of being at Power House our son is not only healthy in mind, body, and spirit he is happy and at peace. This journey has equipped him to handle frustrations, get real with his emotions, learn how to interact with lots of different personalities, and shed light on his addiction and triggers to unhealthy choices. He went on to attend LSU Fire Academy, where the chief appointed him a crew leader and then he was hired full time with the Gonzales Fire Station. We will always be grateful for the caring staff at Power House.”
-The Hitchcock Family
“We wanted to write and thank you all for being so good to our son. The night of his graduation, I wanted to say so much more, but I was filled with emotion and had a huge lump in my throat and found it impossible. I realize that there is a lot of guilt and shame involved with this disease and although it may seem hard to repair relationships with family and friends, it is possible. We feel closer to our son and feel we all have grown and learned from this life experience. For me personally, I found I added to his disease by being the queen of enabling and a codependent, these just being a couple of things I learned about myself. Being in my own program (Al-anon) helps me keep the focus on myself and better understand his program as well. We truly believe that had this all not happened, we would not have the close/healthy relationship with our son. We are so grateful to all of you for giving us a healthy, happy, and more mature and sober son. We feel like he has a great core of support, friendship and like another family down there which really helps us feel more comfortable with having his so far away. Hearing him speak of his goals and what he is going to do to achieve them and just how comfortable he seems with himself, still blows us away. Once in a while I catch myself thinking who is this person? It’s such a huge transformation! Saying thank you just seems so inadequate, to express how grateful we are to all of you. All of you went above and beyond. We feel so close to each and everyone of you. We will never forget all you have done and for giving our son (and us) tools to live a better life. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.”
-Kerri & Steve T.
“Whether your son has been at Power House for some time or is fairly new to the program, I would like to reinforce your choice of a recovery program for your son (or sons). In light of the success my son has achieved at Power House, I highly endorse the Power House recovery program. Based on my positive experience with the entire team at Power House, I can encourage every one of you that your son can also prosper by diligently and patiently working the program at Power House.
After applying himself to the program for over a year, my son is set to graduate the program December 12th. From there, he will move next door to the ¾ house and continue his employment and his education at Riverside Community College. When he was a boy, I never thought “wow I hope that when he’s 21, he can finally get his GED, go to Community College in a small town in LA and work 30 hours a week at a Subway”. But, considering where our lives have been over the last three years, I have never been more proud of him or more thankful for anything in my life. There are hundreds of success stories over the past 33 years since the inception of the Power House in Gonzales, LA and hopefully you will find these stories of recover and success as encouraging as I have.
When our son completed the Wilderness Treatment Program in Marion, MT we were given different options for recover programs, one of which was initially more appealing than Power House. This program was located in a more attractive area of the country; a location that my husband and I would personally prefer visiting. In addition, the young men participating in this program were able to participate in a multitude of recreational activities that would have been a great deal more fun and appealing to my son than any available at Power House. I thought that if my son had more “fun” during his halfway house experience, he might determine that a sober life might actually be worth living. As a doting mother, I had made my mind up that he would go into that program, but my husband insisted I speak to Power House before making a final decision. When I spoke with Cody at the Power House, I realized that there were marked differences between the programs.
Power House had over a 30-year proven track record with guys like my son and they actually had a plan for his academic success, compared to other programs which, while they said they were supportive of his education, could give me no specifics on how the educational objectives might actually be achieved. I don’t know for sure that he would not have prospered in the other programs, but it is difficult to imagine that any other group of people would have been as dedicated to help my son overcome his many obstacles as Power House. The caseworkers there worked closely with him to navigate and address his myriad of legal and financial obligations. The entire staff at Power House has been there for him every step of the process. Most importantly, they helped install in him the confidence he so desperately needed to once again believe in himself, the emotional and spiritual bases for his sustained sobriety and finally, a clear vision of productive future.
I want to encourage you as parents and assure you that you have made a great choice for your sons by enrolling them into the Power House program. I know firsthand how many doubts can plague you when it comes to treatment and recovery programs. Thoughts like, “Is my son being treated fairly?” “Do they really care if he stays sober?” “Is it just a business?” “Do they really know what they’re doing here?” The answer to all these questions is “Yes, absolutely Yes!” You will probably have other questions as well while your son is at Power House and hopefully you will speak openly with the staff there about any concerns you have. I would like you know that I am available as well, if you need encouragement to stay positive. I didn’t trust these guys overnight but I learned that I could trust them completely through my cumulative, positive experiences with them. I am thankful to be at a place where I can give back by encouraging any parent who is going through the agony of having their precious son suffer through the horrors of addiction. Please email me anytime you have questions or concerns or just need someone to pray with or for you.” Bbbarkley0115@yahoo.com