“Our son had us convinced that he could come home after rehab, that he would do everything that the program had taught him to do. Wanting to believe him and faced with the added expense of sober living, we picked him up at the treatment center on a Sunday morning and drove home full of hope (and fear) for the future.
Three days later, we found Chris* passed out in his bed. He had overdosed. Looking through paperwork from his rehab, we found a list of sober living programs they had recommended to Chris. Westport House was the first and last place we called. We spoke with the Director, Al Samaras. He didn’t try to ‘sell’ us on his program, he simply shared his background, explained the Westport House philosophy and why each of the things they do are important and necessary. He answered our questions and invited us for a visit. We took him up on the offer, and we were with him in Westport the next day.
Fast forward three months later. Chris has recently graduated from Phase I and is living in their Phase II house. He has a job at the Westport Library and is taking a class at Fairfield University. The change in him over the last few months has been dramatic. It wasn’t always easy. There were a couple of times when Chris wanted to leave Westport, and he almost did. But with the help of Al and his team, and people in Al-Anon, we were able to set limits and to speak to him in a way that was never possible before.
We can’t say enough about the amazing people who work at Westport House. Their philosophy for treatment was appealing to us, and it’s the main reason we selected it. But beyond that, the people there are unlike any we’ve ever met before. The compassion they showed us and Chris was amazing. They are engaged in the treatment process alongside the client from the moment he walks through the door. Brian, Chris’ case manager, must have spent literally hundreds of hours on the phone with us over the last three months. We can’t begin to express how grateful we are to them.
We can’t recommend Westport House any more highly to a family with son struggling with addiction. There’s no doubt in our minds that they saved our son’s life.”
– Mary S.