Discovery Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping men and their families recover from the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Our programâ€™s primary focus is a compassionate and comprehensive introduction to 12 step recovery. Through the efforts of staff and recovery community volunteers, we work tirelessly to show men that sustained sobriety is possible.
Founded in 1997, our reputation has grown in Middle Tennessee as the areaâ€™s top facility for men in need of a new way of life. If you ask a member of the sober community in Nashville where to send a man suffering from alcoholism and/or drug addiction, thereâ€™s an excellent chance they will tell you about Discovery Place.
I got sober at Discovery Place in early 2012. A nasty heroin addiction took me to places in life I never thought possible. Coming out of high school, I had a lot of promise. I was on my way to a top 30 liberal arts college on partial scholarship. I was a three-year letterman on the varsity golf team. And addiction took all that away.
For the first week at Discovery Place, I was affectionately referred to as the â€œUnabomber.â€ My appearance justified to nickname. Underweight with a burly beard, I looked like Iâ€™d lived in the woods for a long time. The haze of heroin withdrawals put a tinge of crazy in my eyes, and coupled with my rugged appearance, I definitely looked like a young Ted Kaczynski.
Several weeks later, guests at Discovery Place reintroduced themselves to me. I was unrecognizable. I started to listen to the staff like my life depended on it. Because it did. Healthy sobriety began to flow through my veins, and I felt like a new man.
The fraternity at our facility is something you must experience for yourself. I have genuine friendships today that started in the 30-day program and grew during my stay in the long-term program. I tried to get sober before. Six months was all I could manage, but Discovery Place changed that. They introduced me to recovery as a way of life. Purpose was found. Health was restored. Today, hope is my lifeâ€™s theme.
Thatâ€™s why I decided to work here. Recovery literature suggests I stay on the firing lines, so thatâ€™s what I chose. Itâ€™s truly a privilege to help men and families find the doors of Discovery Place. To watch men recover and see a spark of vitality return was something I only saw in movies. Today, I see it with my own eyes.
Our commitment to Discovery Place guests extends beyond residential recovery programs. All our alumni are welcome to return to campus, free of charge, for one week as long relapse hasnâ€™t occurred. Many alumni choose to stay involved with Discovery Place as volunteers. They assist leaders in groups, help drive men to meetings and become part of a sober fraternity second to none.
Through a generous grant from the Baptist Healing Trust, all Discovery Place alumni receive routine follow-up calls during their first year after graduation. This allows us to continue offering support to our alumni and assist them on the road to recovery.
Free transportation to our facility is provided for guests who enroll in our 30-day or long-term recovery program. Iâ€™ve travelled all night to pick-up an incoming guest and return him safely to campus. Itâ€™s an incredible experience to watch a broken manâ€™s fears evaporate as he is welcomed into the Discovery Place community. Itâ€™s truly a special place to work.
I never thought a life like this was available to a guy like me. But Discovery Place showed me how to live a fulfilling life. Iâ€™m honored to be part of an organization with an undeniable commitment to positive change. For more information see Discovery Place