Hickory House Recovery Alumni Spotlight: Michael

September is National Recovery Month, and we love to see Hickory House Recovery Alumni recovering out loud! This month, we are thrilled to spotlight HHR Alumni Michael L.

Originally from Indianapolis, Michael discovered Hickory House online when searching for treatment options in early 2021. He received residential care followed by outpatient services, but later that year he began to struggle. Knowing Hickory House was a safe and effective program, Michael reached out to get help again in 2022. When he was admitted to inpatient care last February, he appreciated how Hickory House gave him time, “…time to heal and do some much-needed self-reflection, along with guidance through that process,” he shared.

Like most former Hickory House residents, Michael also gave his compliments to the chef, echoing what others have said about how delicious the food tastes. As for the other benefits of Hickory House, Michael said, “The best thing that I learned at Hickory House is that it’s not too late to change the way I live my life. And that it’s still worth living.”

To live his life to its fullest, Michael moved to San Francisco to get a fresh start. He credits his time at Hickory House for being able to take this leap. Additionally, he’s strengthened his relationships with family and loved ones.

“I’m able to show up for my family these days. And they actually enjoy me being there,” said Michael. “My brother actually trusts me enough these days that he asked me to be the best man at his wedding. I look forward to every day now. I like who I’m becoming.”

Today, Michael manages a sober living home, a job he loves that challenges him. For fun, he likes to take road trips with his girlfriend around California to see all The Golden State has to offer. He’s also found a great 12-step fellowship in San Franscisco. Michael recently celebrated 18 months clean and sober. His best advice?

“Don’t limit yourself, find your people, you’re stronger than you think.”

Licenses, Accreditations & Memberships


Hickory House Recovery has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care and is one of the highest levels of achievement a treatment center can receive.