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Jamie White

Jamie White

My name is Jamie White. I am 35 years old and I moved to Asheville at the end of my drinking career in October of 2015. I spent the better part of a decade of my life (my 20s) struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism. I have from an outsider’s perspective hit my rock bottom many times in my life. My true rock bottom came in 2015 while I was living in Detroit, Maine. I went to Maine to yet another program trying to learn to live my life sober. Unfortunately, I never gave those trying to help me at that time a fair chance. I was spiritually bankrupt and had a deep seeded hatred for myself and the life that alcohol and drugs helped me to create. I made a decision that year that I was going to give up. I was just going to stop trying to live sober and die from my disease. Within 3 months I got my wish. I overdosed from heroin and alcohol use on October 14th, 2015. It was an experience that changed my life forever. My heart stopped and I had stopped breathing for about 4 minutes. CPR was administered and I was given Narcan to revive me. After awakening I was taken to the hospital where I realized the true powerlessness over my addiction for the first time. My blood alcohol level was a .3 and after about an hour in the hospital I began to shake and desperately crave the drugs and alcohol that I knew would be taken out of my apartment if I stayed in the hospital overnight. I left the hospital against medical advice and used as soon as I got home. I knew something had to change. I also had a profound realization from this experience. I did not want to die a drug addicted alcoholic. What I truly wanted was to live a life of happy usefulness free of my addiction and alcoholism.

This was a tall order for an addict/alcoholic like me. I had no idea how to accomplish that. I had no idea how to begin to live a sober life. Luckily for me there was hope. I found that hope in 12 Step recovery. After a strange road trip around the country trying to find somewhere I thought I could live safely and attempt recovery, I landed in Asheville, North Carolina. I never planned on staying in Asheville, but God had other plans. I decided to stay when a man agreed to sponsor me and take me through the 12 Steps. My life has never been the same. After a long road and a lot of work into myself; I have become a happy and useful person. I live a life beyond my wildest dreams. I have my relationship back with my family. I am married to a beautiful woman and I have an amazing 2-year-old daughter named Caroline Grace. I found a passion for fitness in my recovery and in 2019 I was ranked 5th in the United States as a 90kg Strongman Competitor. Service to others is a large part of my life. I coach powerlifting for the Special Olympics, and I am one of the founders of a fitness program for athletes with special abilities in the Asheville area. I have served on the board of directors for the Asheville 12 Step club. And I sponsor other men in recovery. Most recently I have returned to school to pursue a master’s degree so that I may better help the clients I serve.

Owning and operating a program for young men to learn how to live their lives sober is a dream realized for me. I hope that I may show our clients that there is hope for them as there was for me. My mission is to help our clients find the same happiness, joy and freedom that I have found in sobriety and in life through the 12 steps. The gratitude I feel to be able to contribute to the lives of these young men is immense. The path of alcoholism and addiction is a path I did not intentionally choose for myself. But today in recovery I would not change a thing. I am right where I am supposed to be and grateful to be doing exactly what I am intended to do.

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Great place to start the recovery process before you start out on your own. I still go back there for meetings and to just talk to staff and hang out in a safe environment. Highly recommend if you want to stand on your two feet again.
James R.
Alumni
So grateful for everyone that is a part of this program. Nick, Marcus, Jamie, and Kate are super caring people who put their all into seeing us succeed. I don’t know where I’d be right now if it were not for the skills and support I gained from otter house.
Justin A.
Alumni
I’ve been in the recovery community in Asheville for 2+ years and can say that Otter House truly makes a difference. The staff are all very supportive and are passionate about helping others. I support all that OH does in this community.
Kev M.
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justin Allard
justin Allard
19:28 11 Mar 21
So grateful for everyone that is a part of this program. Nick, Marcus, Jamie, and Kate are super caring people who put... their all into seeing us succeed. I don’t know where I’d be right now if it were not for the skills and support I gained from otter house. I met people through this program that I will forever consider to be friends. If you or someone you know is struggling I’d highly recommend reaching out to any of the workers here. They truly put their all into helping everyoneread more
Kev McDaniel
Kev McDaniel
18:51 09 Mar 21
I’ve been in the recovery community in Asheville for 2+ years and can say that Otter House truly makes a difference.... The staff are all very supportive and are passionate about helping others. I support all that OH does in this community.read more
James Roquemore
James Roquemore
02:03 08 Mar 21
Great place to start the recovery process before you start out on your own. I still go back there for meetings and to... just talk to staff and hang out in a safe environment. Highly recommend if you want to stand on your two feet again.read more
Mary Bolgan
Mary Bolgan
02:01 08 Mar 21
As an active member of the recovery community here in Asheville, I would recommend Otter House to any men looking for a... safe and supportive environment while they learn to live and stay on right road to recovery. The staff are well known upstanding men in the recovery community and are not only role models for other men looking for guidance, but also fellow addicts who have the firsthand experience of knowing what it’s like to be in early recovery. Otter house is not just a place to live, but a place that makes sure that every aspect of a residents life supports him in becoming a successful and sober member of society.read more
Mary Wray
Mary Wray
00:57 05 Mar 21
I highly recommend Otter House. They have a loving and supportive staff that really cares about their clients. They... bend over backwards to help everyone succeed and offer a level of support that is phenomenal. I will be forever be grateful for everything they did to help my son.read more
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