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Archbishop Joseph Tobin reflects on why Guest House is by far the best addiction treatment for clergy and men and women religious.

In this video a Catholic Priest with extensive Behavioral Health professional training talks about his very first drink as a young man, his early alcohol use, alcohol abuse and progression into full blown alcoholism.

Sr. Jean reflects on her Catholic upbringing and how religion was the dominant factor in her life.

Father Joseph, a Canadian Priest in recovery, helps others to recover and stay sober.

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Our Mission is to provide the information, education, treatment and care needed to assure that clergy, men and women religious, and seminarians suffering from alcoholism, addictions and other behavioral health conditions have the best opportunity for quality recovery and overall health and wellness.

Guest House has been fulfilling this mission since 1956. Since that time Guest House has treated more than 8,000 Catholic priests, deacons, seminarians and men & women religious.

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Guest House Daily Reflection

The calming of the storm by Jesus at sea is a powerful metaphor for what it means to be dependent on god. Life can be chaotic, and only God can make sense of it. In the end, faith conquers fear. Jesus reminds us that with God, nothing is impossible. Dear god, when I... read more


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“Come, and you will see”

“Come, and you will see”

For this second week in Ordinary Time, we take our cue from the Gospel of John which we heard on Sunday, January 18, 2015. In this section of John’s Gospel we see Jesus with two of his disciples following Him. Jesus asked, “what are you looking for?” and the two disciples said “where are you staying?” Jesus said to them, “Come, and you will see.”   [John 1:35-42] 

It is easy to transfer this scene directly to AA. First of all, there are some alcoholics who become totally alone in their drinking. Others develop a sort of pseudo relationship with drinking buddies. Whatever the case, once we dry out we realize that relationships are extremely important for us in sobriety. We cannot do without relationships, deep and personal and all-caring. These relationships fasten us to other humans who help us in our staying sober. It cannot be overstated how crucial these friends are to us.

             Then there is the transfer of light, health and wholeness to one another in AA. Every time we enter a room full of AA members we get a vivide glimpse of the happiness that recovering alcoholics enjoy. They simply exude The Lord’s words in Sunday’s Gospel, “Come and See” where and how I live today. The marked difference that we see and witness in the newcomer to AA and the one who has been sober for years is astounding. The newcomer, even with partial brain functioning, cannot help but be impressed with the joyful presence he witnesses around the AA table. Even if someone there doesn’t speak it out loud, our very presence says to the newcomer, “Come and See” how to live a new and meaningful life. Stay with us. We will take care of you.

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