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Finding Purpose

When Alan Tobiason, Purpose House Founder and Executive Director, first read the book The Purpose Driven Life, he had no idea how it would change his life, let alone countless others. Through his own recovery journey, he met too many people living life without purpose.  The powerful impact of this book set the frame work for Purpose House's approach to recovery. In fact, he still teaches a Purpose Driven Life class at Sarasota's Salvation Army Center for Hope today.

The Purpose Driven Life is a 40-day Bible Study, which took churches by storm in recent years. Written by Rick Warren, the lead pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest California, this book addresses two of life's most basic questions:

  • What on earth am I here for?

  • How do I find my purpose?


Most self-help books tell people to look within at their own desires and dreams, but real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God's purpose for putting us on earth. Our starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for each life.  Rick Warren explains, “The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.”

Addiction steals our purpose

Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease that leaves us penniless, powerless, and purposeless until we finally seek recovery. Purpose House helps our clients rebuild their lives and find their true purpose. In our sober living homes, our residents are on the same path. They're finding jobs, going to meetings, and learning how to live and enjoy life sober. 


On Thursdays, we have in-house meetings, and on Sunday nights, we attend Celebrate Recovery Sarasota (a.k.a. CR). Our CR group is one of the largest in Florida. The night kicks off with a dinner at 6:00, followed by a rocking praise and worship band and informative speakers! On the first Sunday of the month, we close with a chip ceremony to celebrate our recovery milestones and to show how this program works!

Celebrate Recovery was also born at Saddleback Church under Rick Warren's watchful eye.  Celebrate Recovery encourages fellowship, and we celebrate God’s healing power in our lives as we work our way along the road to recovery. By working through the 12 steps and 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery, we grow spiritually. We are freed from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most important, a strong relationship with others and our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ.

Want To Find Your Purpose?

Moving into Purpose House isn't merely staying clean in a random half-way house. Our team of leaders is here to guide and support you. You'll learn how to rebuild your life by getting stronger and becoming responsible. You'll learn how to have fun sober, and we'll help you find your purpose.  Call us at (941) 586-6370.

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