"My experience at the Masada House was very insightful and challenging, each and every day I was there. I am forever in debt to all the staff members at the Masada house. Being there gave me the time I needed to look within myself and dig deep to start a new beginning to my life.
The daily routine of having to stick to a schedule each and every day, and being responsible for all your actions was something I greatly respected by the house and staff. We practiced time management skills on a daily/weekly basis, by having to set out a weekly schedule and abide it. Setting a schedule this way, is way of being true to self and being accountable for your own success. I did my best to follow all directions and follow my schedules to the letter to be successful in my probation at the time, jobs and a sober life. I went to all my counseling sessions, probation check-ins, worked 2 jobs and still managed to fit time in to visit with my children who were not with me at the time. Whenever I needed help or input on a situation that I am not clear as to which path I should take, the Masada staff is always there to help with decision making. The daily routine with mediation and check-ins with staff every day helps to get you ready for life on your own.
What I liked best about being at the Masada house, is living with other girls. Yes, sometimes it is stressful to be in a house full of women and can be difficult at times. But in the end, the sisterhood you build while you are there and the support and encouraging words you get every day, helps with all the up and down days you have. Working to together with all projects together, helps with team work and learning new things from every one, helps you with getting insight that you are unable to see at times. I miss having the sisterhood and support of one another and seeing the Masada staff on a daily basis, like I use to, when I was there.
The help I received from the Masada house was great and very insightful. The staff reaches out and offers help and input, if and when they know something is wrong. Staff is very good at reading and seeing when someone is struggling and calling them out on it. While I was there I got called on my crap a time or two, I was not good at hiding my feelings and that I was struggling. Staff did not tell me what to do, they asked questions, and let me figure out what I needed to know and find my solutions on my own by talking it out. That is something I miss a lot when I need someone to talk and get input from someone who knows me. Only a person in sobriety knows how to support and be there for someone who is working through their sobriety as well. Staff is always willing to transport and help you succeed in your program, while you are there. As long as clients follow the proper procedures on how to sign up for transportation, staff is always there to help you.
The only thing I would have liked to have been different while I was there is being able to have my children there. Going through all the programs I have gone through, I see that there is a need for a place for women and children, like the Masada house. Where treatment and routine is key, helping mother and their children to stay together and have a life in sobriety. Other than this, I would know not change anything about the Masada house program. I do, however, do see the need sometimes when the staff may need help and maybe another person at time to transport and help the clients more. I see how the staff wants all their clients to succeed in all their daily routines. Sometimes, transportation is a big deal, not having enough help to go around. I am proud of the Masada staff for all the work, extra work they do; it never went un-noticed by me. I am forever thankful to Monica, Jessica, and Shawna in my path to recovery and getting myself back on my feet. They played a role in me getting to where I am today, working, going to school, my children home with me, having a trailer of my own and my long time sobriety.
I would tell anyone who is looking for help and wanting a better future that the Masada house is a great place to start. You get all the support, positive and sober environment you need to build a foundation to future success. All you need is to be honest with self and an open mind.
Thank you again, again, and again…. To the Masada house and all the staff for all your wonderful help and support you have given me and still give me to this day. I will never forget everything you have done for me. The Masada house is where I built my foundation to where I am today." - E. D.