From the Families and Graduates of Mark Houston Recovery & Benchmark Recovery Center
The day I walked into Benchmark Recovery Center, I thought my life couldn’t get any worse. Had I been told what the end result would be, I wouldn’t have stayed. I wouldn’t have believed you.
I kinda’ had a job. I kinda’ had friends. I kinda’ had a family. In other words, I had nothing. I had destroyed everything in my path but the way I acted you would have never known. I was leading a double life. I had nothing- but on the outside I had everything. I walked into Benchmark thinking I just needed help to stop the dope and I needed a lesson on how to drink like a “normal” person. What I got though was a life-changing experience. I learned how to properly take care of myself. I learned how to express my feelings. But most importantly, I got to work the steps and learn that I could have my own higher power! I was longing for Him all along but never knew how to reach Him. I completed my steps there and walked out a brand new woman! I was reborn!!
Benchmark has such a special place in my heart. Benchmark did everything they could to help me–to help another drug addict recover. Today I live a life better than I could have ever dreamed. I have friends!! My family is back in my life! I have a job! And people can rely on me. I use the tools Benchmark taught me on a daily basis. So many BRC alumni are still a part of my life and I am so grateful!! Thank you Benchmark!!
As a chronic relapser, I have struggled with alcoholism for many years. I had been to four treatment centers before coming to Benchmark Recovery Center and had a totally new experience with the process of drug and alcohol recovery. Not only was I beaten and lost, but I was skeptical as well.
Through a rigorous program of 12-step work, self-appraisal and spiritual exercises, I learned that addiction is truly a disease of the body, mind and spirit. Re-aligning myself in all three of these areas changed my life. At Benchmark, I practiced the daily disciplines that are so crucial for long-term sobriety: trusting in a power greater than myself, cleaning up the wreckage of my past and helping fellow addicts along the way. I finally learned that this was not something I could do by myself.
Not only have I taken away the tools I need to stay sober outside of treatment, but I have made life-long friends and become a member of a fellowship that will carry me through the everyday trials and triumphs of life. The staff at Benchmark are committed and invested in each resident—and it works. Thank you Benchmark!
When I came to Benchmark Treatment Center, I was broken and had no hope.
The BRC staff really does care about each and every person who walks through their doors. They know and understand exactly what we are all going through and where we’ve been. They have been there themselves, and they share their experience, strength and hope with all of us. They have opened my eyes to what life is all about, and to all that I have to look forward to. I came in closed off from the world. The staff here helped me find my strength. They didn’t just give me wings, they helped me find my own.
I tried every way possible to quit drinking on my own, even when it came down to losing my family, and losing everything else that mattered in my life. I couldn’t stop no matter what. I was ready to give up. I could not do it on my own, I needed to find a Higher Power, whom I choose to call God. I know as long as I keep a close connection with my God, and work the steps on a daily basis, I know that I will never have to drink again!
Now, my life is better than I could have ever imagined. I am helping others and sharing my experience, strength, and hope. I am now 6 months sober, and I have my family back. I am truly blessed. I am forever grateful to Benchmark, for giving me my life back.
At Benchmark Recovery Center I was given a solution, “the only solution”.
I arrived to Benchmark Recovery Center a broken and hopeless woman, a woman whose internal and external circumstances required a profound intervention. What I was lacking was the ability to connect on a visceral level to the desperation needed for this overhaul. Luckily, I had a mentor who showed me that lack of power was my dilemma, and aided me in conceding to my inner despondency. Moreover, she showed me how to get unblocked, which allowed me to get in touch with the Power that ultimately saved my life.
I had tried everything to stop using, but was completely unable to do so on my own power. I urgently needed a group of people willing to tell me the truth about myself, and I was blessed to have a mentor who could not only do this, but also possessed the stubbornness and will power to match my own. I cannot thank Benchmark Recovery Center enough for the solution and the tools that I was given during my stay there. I am no longer that broken and hopeless woman…I have a purpose, as well as a life full of friendship, blessings, and camaraderie.
Hi, I’m Blake, and I am an addict. Never did I imagine those words to flow so freely of my mouth. Sitting in a Cocaine Anonymous meeting at age 21 was not where I saw my life heading as a little girl. It took me a long time for that statement to transfer from just words in my head, to a feeling in my heart. For the longest time I knew on an intellectual level that I was an addict, but to really accept and concede it to myself, was a different ballgame. Although, there were many different stages I had to pass through before that transformation could take place. I tried the geographical moves, changing the social circle, rehabs, jail. It wasn’t until I exhausted every last resource I could possibly think of, that I was willing to admit I might want to take someone else’s direction other than my own.
I arrived at Benchmark Recovery Center in February of 2010. Fresh out of jail, weighing 102 pounds soaking wet. I had no soul left, I was psychically standing there, but there was nothing left inside. I had been strung out on heroin and crack cocaine for the last four years of my life and I was only 21 years old. I had tried the treatment center gig before, and never gotten very far. But I knew that something was different about this place the second I stepped foot on the BRC property. I now know what that difference was, I had just checked in to a Recovery center, not a treatment center, and I was about to be given all of the tools I would need to RECOVER from the hopeless state of mind and body I had been living for so many years.
It was in this recovery center that they were able to take this broken, busted up dope fiend I had turned into, and start me on my journey to create something totally new. I learned about the disease- that I have a body that is allergic to drugs and alcohol. A mind that is sick, and will take me back to those things every time without question. And a spiritual hole deep inside me that blocked me from being able to live life and function in this world.
I learned that my only way out of this pain, and insanity, was to place my dependence on a power greater than myself that was going to save my life. I was given the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and guided through the 12 steps of the program. Somewhere along those lines, I got connected to that power, which I choose to call God, and my life hasn’t been the same since. In fact it’s not even something I could have imagined in my wildest dreams.
It is here at Benchmark Recovery center that God lives. I owe thanks to God for providing a place for me to go, with staff members who cared more about my life than anything else. Day by day I will continue to grow, and strive to live this new way of life I was given. I am forever indebted and eternally grateful.
“A superior alternative to a straight clinical treatment. Teaches real world techniques to deal with the realities of your addiction by taking the pure message of the Big Book. The thinking/ego which keeps us sick will not control your life any longer. Great facility and staff who are really dedicated to helping you learn how to live a happy, productive sober life.” -Benjamin C.
“This is the only place I have seen in 7 treatment experiences that will immerse you in the program of AA and guide you through all 12 Steps with people living and working the steps on a daily basis both professionally and personally.” -Ken G.
“I thought there was nothing that would stop me and this place turned my life around. I had experience here that shattered my delusion and made me take responsibility for my life. I found God here and true friendships. I got to a point of knowing my true self and being content to the point that alcohol and drugs were not an obsession. I grew up here.” -Ronald S.
“This place is on to something. You will get things here you will not get anywhere else in the country. Family setting and program first rate and miles above the rest.” -Alex T.
MHR is the strongest drug/alcohol recovery center that I have been. Recovery at MHR centers around having an experience with the 12 steps and a spiritual higher power. The staff at MHR all shares the primary purpose of helping other alcoholics and addicts recover.” -AJ
“This place changed my life. It allowed me to grow up and become a man as well as work through all of the steps. I’ve had the experience of a total transformation in thoughts; attitude and I have hope again after being totally hopeless.” ~Owen
“Mark Houston Recovery Center is a place where I learned who I was and what I had been hiding from all my life. Had I gone somewhere else I would be drinking right now. The staff all know what they are doing and they have all been where I have been. This place may have saved my life.” -L.D.
“I learned more here in four months than the ten years of trying to get sober and that it was the hardest thing I ever did in my life, but so worth it.” -Grant
“Mark Houston Recovery is unlike other facilities specializing in addiction. The program is entirely experiential and gives the addict an opportunity to practice the disciplines that are vital to recovery. The grounds are beautiful, the staff is excellent and extremely caring, and the program is useful and relevant. It is impossible to capture the depth of the experience in words “MHR shows its residents how to recover rather than just telling them that there is a way out.” -Robert W.
“I have been to three different rehabs and Mark Houston Recovery is unlike the other 2. Here at MHR I learned tools, gained knowledge of the Big Book and how to stay sober. At the other rehabs I just bided my time because they did not push me into recovery. Mark Houston Recovery challenged me and I came out a different person.” -John J.
“This program is unlike any other one. At Mark Houston Recovery, you go through the twelve steps. The people at Mark Houston Recovery care about you and can relate to your experience. The environment is excellent for recovery. It does not cost as much as other places, but it is classier.” -Andrew V.
“Even if you do not know that you are addicted, these people will help you see past your delusion to see the reality of your life and the consequences your actions have had. You work all the steps here and get to practice implementing them into your life. Knowledgeable and understanding staff guides you through the entire process.” -JC
“You will find a solution here. I have been to many other places, and they offer you half measures solution. That is why most people who go to treatment do not stay sober.” -Jack Y.
“This place will show you how to live life again. You will have an opportunity to work all 12 steps, learn the truth about yourself and your disease and get in a routine of living life on spiritual principles.” -Robert W.
“Benchmark represents what sobriety is all about. Awesome experience, the change I felt inside cannot be put into words. Awesome staff, facility and growth into physical body were beyond imagination.” -Brady W.
“MHR helped me find my personal truth and what had been missing in my other attempts at sobriety. MHR cares more about my recovery than my thoughts or feelings, which is what I need to break through my layers of delusion.” -Brad T.
“This program gets you in touch with a power greater than ourselves. We MUST find that power. God does for us what we could not do for ourselves. Here, you get to go through the 12 steps thoroughly. Drugs were not the problem.” -Zachary C.
“I got into a lot of good habits that I’ve never experienced before. Mark Houston Recovery made it possible for me to live happily sober. Gave me the tools to help others and not focus on myself. Help me feel good about myself. Now I can actually accomplish things and be more productive. MHR helped me learn more about doing the right thing instead of what I want to do.” -Blake B.
“The staff is genuine about you getting and staying recovered! It is a country club typesetting, but recovery is the main topic on their agenda. The staff is a caring, loving bunch of people who always have your best interest at heart. They will do whatever it takes as long as you are willing to put forth the effort, and even when you’re not willing to put forth the effort, staff helps you recover from a hopeless state of mind. They are the only place I would recommend going to.With that said, MHR has been the most awesome experience I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. With your guidance and the help I am realizing true joy and happiness in my life. The genuine care I’ve experienced here speaks volumes for the love and dedications you have for the suffering addicts and alcoholics out there who have the pleasure to come here and recover. Thank you from the bottom of my soul!” -Sheldon
“I came not knowing what to expect and I learned so much about myself, life and a new found connection with a power greater than myself. It is a very good experience and great things happen at MHR.” -Cody S.
“Mark Houston Recovery is one of the best recovery centers in the United States because their program is really thorough in all aspects of your life. It changed me for the better and they have good programs to hold you accountable when you get out.” -Jenson
“MHR will give you truth, hold you accountable and teach you a lot about yourself and the Big Book. I’ve learned how to do recovery because I’ve had to do the disciplines every day. The staff is knowledgeable and speaks from experience as people who have recovered. All three aspects of the disease are addressed at MHR. We practice the principles of recovery in all of our affairs. It is truly a great experience. Thank you for everything.” -Maury T.
“You get to do the 12 steps and get connected to a power that will change your life. You get to work out, eat really well and have an experience that will change your life.” -Conner O.
“MHR is a place that along with giving you information on how to do this; makes you take responsibility to do this and therefore change occurs. The staff cares about you and holds you accountable.” -Dean M.
“My extensive battle with addiction and the 13 attempts at help through treatment, MHR is the only place to give me the chance to experience the solution that has worked for so many people through Alcoholics Anonymous. I learned the truth of myself, and my life here, and how off course it had gone and that is an awesome alternative to the way I’ve been living life. I now live that solution as a direct result of being at Mark Houston Recovery Center.” -Morgan C.
“This program is unique in that what MHR shows/teaches you here is practical and applicable in everyday life. MHR internalizes AA in that it incorporates unity, service and recovery. The consistency in the way we work the steps and interpret the Big Book will leave no confusion or doubt as to how to live a life sober and happy.” -Tony D.
“The best place to be introduced to the 12 steps with no middle of the road solution and you learn what it means to face your fears and be a real man.” -Eric
“It changed my life. It gave me hope, I have a better understanding of the program, but more importantly I had an experience with the work. The staff truly cares about you and your recovery. I have learned tools here that I will take with me for the rest of my life.” -BJ
“My experience here has been like no other place. As addicts we have a community that helps each other through early sobriety. For the first time in ten years of trying to stay clean I do feel a change and feel hope for the future.” -Grant B.
“MHR has a great staff to work with you. They are all in recovery, just like you so they are able to understand and relate to what you are going through. They have a unique approach to presenting and implementing the solution that was very effective for me. You will leave the program equipped with the tools you need and confidence to live a sober life.” -Norman J.
“I have had the greatest, most fulfilling experience here. The staff really cares about other addicts and alcoholics and seeks an end to suffering. Overall, they carry the most pure message of any fellowship. If you are willing to find a solution for drugs and alcohol this is the place to come.” -Wyatt D.