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April 11, 2011

Stepping Stones rehabilitation center is struggling to keep afloat

ENID — One step at a time, day to day. One good deed at a time. That’s what it takes to get sober.

John, a resident of Stepping Stones rehabilitation center in Enid, moved here from Monroe, La., to get sober. He said he has been drinking since he was 15.

“I got into some trouble in Louisiana and realized I had a problem and started looking for help. I came up and met with Scott (Van Krevelen). I wanted it and needed it,” he said.

John said he lost his faith during his period of alcoholism, but since he has been sober has rediscovered it. Since moving into the house, commonly called “Van’s house,” he has bonded with people who will remain his friends for the rest of his life. John has been sober a year and his anniversary date to leave the house has come and gone. He asked to say six months longer to work with some of those friends and help them become sober.

Alcoholics and addicts can’t be brushed off as lower-class people or those who are weak. John is a college graduate and was successful in his career. But his personal life was a different story, including broken relationships, a failed marriage and separation from his parents. His brother found Stepping Stones on the Internet, and came to discuss it with Scott Van Krevelen, who runs the house and establishes tough discipline for the residents.

Van Krevelen, who has been sober for 25 years, knows what it is like to need that drink or those pills. He understands what his clients are going through. John said the house is the only place where he really feels like he is home, because the residents understand his life and his disease like no one else.

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