Living the CenterPointe life, Veteran Style.

My name is Derek and I am a recovering alcoholic that has been privileged beyond belief these past three months.

Did you ever wonder what real life Big Brother would look like? Come on over the Veterans Transition House CenterPointe house and you will witness it firsthand. Ten veterans with ten completely different personalities living in a house. It is a recipe for disaster. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Since my arrival, it has definitely been a rollercoaster. What CenterPointe and the VA have done for me, I will never be able to put into words the gratitude I have for both organizations. CenterPointe owns the house and it is funded by the VA.  Homeless Veterans are placed in this house after being screened by a few select people. I was lucky enough to secure a spot here.

If you don’t want to gain weight, this is not the place for you. They provide more food than I have ever had in my own kitchen. Two hot meals a day are prepared at the main facility and brought over and served to us. Breakfast food is available, you just have to not be lazy and get up to make it. Snacks are always in the house, so there would never be a second that one can say they are hungry in this household.

This is a rehabilitation and recovery house. The purpose is to get Veterans back on their feet, back into a routine, and to help find them housing and employment. The work day in and day out that is done behind the scenes is unbelievable. Our Program Director is always constantly on the move. He will move mountains to make sure we have what we need. If he can’t get it, he will find someone that can. This doesn’t just go for him, but the staff as well. There is always a staff member here and is very comforting to know they are always looking out for our best interest, even when we are not in the greatest of moods.

While living in this house, we are all required to do chores daily and keep the house clean to help give us that routine and order again. At some point in our lives, we lost all order and meaning. This program is so fantastic in that aspect. Although there are times where there is a mess left, I swear you could eat off these floors. It is always in pristine condition. We are very gracious for all that is given to us (well I can’t speak for everyone) and that is why we take pride in keeping it in the best shape possible.

Although we are to adhere to rules and regulations and are held to a high standard, I would not take back my three months here thus far. I have another three months allowed here and I am taking full advantage of the resources that are continuing to be provided. We, as veterans, cannot thank people for times than we already have. People say ‘Thank you’ to us all the time. We were just doing our jobs. The real thank you goes to the people that continue to support us and our well-being.

We all have our struggles and obstacles that we face in our lifetimes. Do not ever be afraid to reach out and ask for help. There are people out there that are willing to help you, Veteran or not. I know for certain CenterPointe is one of the best Treatment Facilities in the region if not the country, and are always willing to sit down and talk. Always keep your head up and focused on making it through the day. You are unique. You are a miracle. Find your purpose. Live it.

Until next time,

Derek M.
Blog: http://www.helpingothersnotsuffer.blogspot.com

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About CenterPointe

CenterPointe is an organization that provides treatment, rehabilitation and housing for people with co-occurring mental illness and addiction. We have a wide variety of programs and services in 5 facilities serving southeastern Nebraska. This blog is a group effort of CenterPointe staff and includes stories and poems reprinted with permission from our consumers. Check out our website to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved. With help from people like you we are recovering lives and restoring hope every day.
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