How is Fern House Different?

An alcohol or drug treatment program typically lasts a set number of days. After that, the addict is left alone in their recovery, with a good chance that they’ll return to an unsafe, unsupportive living situation. All the hard work they did to get sober is gone. The cycle starts all over again. Fern House breaks that cycle by teaching men how to live without drugs or alcohol. We show them how to cope without the crutches of drugs and alcohol. We help them reintegrate into society.

Last Chances and New Starts

Men arrive at Fern House in all kinds of ways. Some of them are referred by the courts. Some are referred by church groups or social workers. Others are referred by family members in despair over their loved one’s struggles with alcoholism and drug abuse. For some of these men, Fern House might seem like their last chance at recovery. In reality, it’s their chance for a new start. At Fern House, they learn to be responsible, productive members of the community. They learn to take pride in themselves, help each other and be accountable for all their actions.

We Offer Help and Hope

Fern House is based on the simple but powerful principles of fellowship and mutual help. Working together, we teach men to function without alcohol or drugs, take responsibility for everything they do, and transform their shattered lives into lives of dignity and purpose. That’s what we provide in practical terms. But what we offer our clients is actually something more powerful and more profound. At Fern House, addicts and alcoholics find hope. This is something that many of them haven’t felt for a long time. We watch them take that hope and use it to build a whole new life.

Fern House – Past Graduates

One Big Family!

How I was going to get money so I could use. The pain pills were the worst. They got into my bones, and into my body. I just lay in bed all day. I didn’t want to do anything. I couldn’t do anything. I didn’t even realize what was happening to me until it was too late. I wasn’t paying attention. Then, I was addicted. It was bad, and I wound up in jail. Bernard from Fern House visited me in jail after my mother got in touch with him. He asked me if I wanted to go to Fern House, and I thought…yeah, anything’s better than here. I was resistant at first, but once I got to Fern House it didn’t take long for me to realize that it was the place for me. They taught me structure and accountability. They helped me find a job, and they helped me get up every morning and get to that job. I didn’t know how to do any of that stuff. They gave me back my morals and they taught me how to be a real man. Fern House is strict, but you can tell they really care about you. Everybody there cares, including the guys living there. We’re one big family.

Fern House Program!

The Fern House program was not easy by any means. But It gave me the knowledge, structure and necessary tools I needed to battle back. Toward the end of my time at the Fern House I learned that they had another facility where I can go to further my education and a recovery program outside of the Fern House. Although I was sad to leave, I was excited to start the journey of entering back into society as the man I knew all along I had inside. Today I am regaining everything in my life that I gave away previously, but In this process I have gained something new, and that is the passion to help other men and women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. I am an alumni of the Fern House and have also become great friends with the staff there. I am a facilitator of the Wednesday night big book study group. Sometimes looking back it is hard to believe that I used to live the way that I did. I’m very thankful for the Fern House program.

Priceless!

What Fern House gave me was priceless. Before I went to Fern House, I couldn’t stop using. I gave up my relationship with my wife, my daughter, and the rest of my family. I had given up on myself. My using was 100% about me with no regard for others. I completely destroyed my marriage, my career was over, and my life was destroyed. Fern House taught me how to be accountable. They helped me see that I needed to be patient, incorporate some structure into my life and take things one day at a time. Sooner or later, they told me, my life would come together. Today, my life is totally changed. Through the Fern House and my higher power, I have a new life. The Fern House will always be a part of my life. I give back by helping them with construction projects and I sponsor a lot of guys that come through there. I still talk to Bernard all the time. I have a great amount of respect for him and what he did for me. The Fern House saved my life. It gave me hope.