Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cooking Dinner for Men in Recovery

Today I am cooking dinner for 15 or so men who live in a local sober living house. The house is supported by a great organization called Families Against Narcotics (FAN) and was started one of the group's founding members. It's a safe place for men seeking recovery in a 12-step program.

This sober living house isn't one my son lived in, but that doesn't matter to me. Cooking dinner for a bunch of guys who are working the program is no big deal to me. I am grateful that my son is in long-term recovery and will do anything I can to help--not enable--others who have chosen to go down the recovery path. Sober living played such a key role in my son getting clean and sober. This is my way of giving back.

So I'm about to throw 12 seasoned chicken breasts on the grill, and when they're done I will proceed with making chicken enchiladas and Mexican style rice and beans. Throw in some chips and salsa and some cookies for dessert and the guys will be all set.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” --Muhammad Ali

Phase one, underway.


  1. Dean, this is an awesome act of love and kindness!!

  2. Way to go. People in recovery, especially those in early recovery, need to know that others care about them and have faith in them.