We at Cleveland House are extremely proud of our Home and our residents. We have had many people come through our doors, some have happy stories - others don't - and a few don't have stories left to write. We can't keep someone here that doesn't have the desire to improve their life situations. The Cleveland House is here, as is recovery, for people that want it, not just need it.
As mentioned, we have successes - we would like to mention a few! First, of course, we have to mention the owner of Cleveland House. Alan opened the Cleveland House with 18 years of sobriety under his belt. Although he was
successful in his prior businesses, he found that he was not sufficiently supplying his recovery bank with vital resources. This was the beginning of his move to help others.
Alan R.: Alan is the owner of Cleveland House and has over
24 years of sobriety. He is a dedicated member of AA and is a fixture at meetings,
particularly the ones that he hosts at Cleveland House. Alan is a concerned and supportive role model for people coming into recovery with an honest desire to get and stay sober.
Todd K: Todd is the House Manager at Cleveland House, and a former resident of the "House". He still resides at the Cleveland House, but not in the same capacity as the rest of the guests. Todd is an active member in his home group and at the Cleveland House. With almost
Four years clean and sober, he has come a long way and has a lot to offer to residents.
My name is Steven Davis. I'm twenty-eight years old. I was born and raised in Warren, Ohio, about forty-five minutes south of Cleveland. I was raised by divorced parents- an only child of a loving mother. My mother always worked two jobs
which left me alone most of the time. Growing up I always felt "less than", and that lead me to
try to fit in wherever I could, which eventually led to drinking and smoking pot. I was thirteen when I took my first drink: hard liquor,
and I blacked out and don’t know what I did that night. I remember the next day swearing not to do it again but little did I know I had opened a door that I would
Not be able to shut no matter how much I wanted it to close. The more I drank and used, the worse things got. I was always in trouble with the law. I was always around the older guys because it made me feel secure to be “part of.” I dropped out of school at age sixteen; I thought I could take care of myself. The alcohol and drugs
had already distorted my perception and my ability to make decisions. I couldn’t see that it was ruining my life. Over the next ten years my life became a living hell. Always in trouble with the law, stealing, lying cheating—I would do whatever it took to get my booze and drugs.
Eventually I ended up with multiple felonies that prevented me from getting any decent jobs but I don’t think I would have been able to be employed
anyway. I destroyed all my friendships and relationships. The girl of my dreams eventually had enough of me too. My family was sick and tired of my lies. Life as I knew it was over and I didn’t care if I lived or died. I hated myself; I was overcome with guilt shame and pity. I never thought my life was going to end up like this when I took my first drink. I felt completely hopeless
and I couldn’t see a way out at the time. Little did I know that there was hope on the horizon. I was soon to know life like never before. My life was about to be flipped around and my journey would start at a place called The Cleveland House.
At first I didn’t know what was going to take place. I came to Florida to the Cleveland
House because I couldn’t stand looking into my mother’s eyes knowing her only son had amounted to nothing. So I left home not knowing what to expect. I came to Cleveland house March 12, 2005. When I got there, there were guys from all over: Philadelphia, Boston, New Jersey, etc. They were all just like me- trying to start over and start a new life. There were several different twelve step programs to get involved with. So I hung out with the guys that were trying to stay sober.
I started going to meetings trying to find a solution to my problem. One day I met a man that showed me a perfect design for staying sober and clean. He promised me if I did what he told me that my life would change beyond my wildest dreams and he was right. Today my life is better than I could ever have imagined. I’m getting ready to start my own business. I never thought I could be this happy. I’m not talking about material things; I’m talking about the way I feel on the inside. -- Steven Davis