Recovery Spotlight: Jarrod W

Hi my name is Jarrod.  I moved into one of the Up & Out Sober Living houses in 2017 and moved out in 2019.  Looking back now at everything I was able to accomplish, I can honestly say if it was not for the house and the founder I would not be where I am today. 

            Coming into the house in 2017 I was apprehensive to say the least.  I had been incarcerated and placed into a treatment center with the promise of an early release.  When I finished the program at the treatment center, they suggested that I go into a halfway house.  At the time, Up & Out Sober Living was new but I met the founder a few times and could relate to his experiences.  I felt that he could help me. 

            When I got to the house I was welcomed and treated by the other residents like a friend.  All the guys went out of their way to help me expecting nothing in return.  This was definitely something that I was not used to with my past experiences in other halfway houses.  I was given a set of rules, curfew, and another promise.  The promise was that my life would get better if I followed the rules which consisted of getting a sponsor, finding a fellowship, work the 12 steps, and eventually finding a job.  So that was exactly what I did! Having rules and structure helped me see where I failed in the past.  It opened my eyes to people within the fellowship here in Frederick, and it was life changing. 

            I remember going to a convention held in Ocean City that the house sponsored.  It was a gathering of people from across the country all involved in the 12 step fellowship.  Seeing all of these people come together who shared similar pasts, and all of them being able to enjoy life today, was when it really hit home for me.  This showed me that there was a better way of living life and being genuinely happy.  I owe the house for that experience because I never knew these events and gatherings existed.  During my time at the house I attended many events like this which helped me gain meaningful relationships that I still have to this day. 

            After living at the house for 6 months I was asked to be the house manager.  Which to be honest, was something I didn’t think that I deserved at that time.  I had a very negative opinion of myself and my abilities, but the founder saw something in me that I couldn’t see.  He helped me see the growth that comes from being uncomfortable and reassured me that he would be there to help with anything I needed.  From that day on until I moved out a year and a half later, I remained the house manager.  I gained so much from becoming a leader at the house.  I got to witness others grow while paying forward the knowledge that was given to me.  It is something I still reflect on today which helps me remember that growth starts with being uncomfortable. 

            Some of the accomplishments that I was able to achieve during my time at the house were finding a career, saving money, rebuilding my credit, purchasing a car, and transitioning into my own apartment.  Above all, I was able to build a solid foundation in my fellowship and find purpose in helping others just like me.  To this day I show my appreciation by staying active in the houses.  I am truly grateful for Up and Out Sober living because it was instrumental in changing my life.  Thank you for showing me the power of trust.

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