Dr. Griffin is the founder of The Transition House, Inc. With over 25 years of experience in the addictions field, he has led the agency since its inception in 1993. Dr. Griffin encourages his staff to adhere to all of the new evidence-based treatment protocols that are available in this complex field.
When I was first asked to write a brief note about why I started The Transition House, Inc., my mind was immediately flooded with countless fond memories. For twenty-seven years I had the honor and privilege to be the Chief Executive Officer of The Transition House. Prior to that time, myself, my son, and a few close friends spent three years planning and building for this dream to become a reality.
I relocated to Osceola County in 1989 from Boston. At that time, I was five years clean and sober. I immediately immersed myself in AA and NA as I had promised my sponsor Walter I would when I departed from Boston.
I remained in close contact with Walter and numerous other AA and NA friends back in Boston and spoke to them often. Many of them over the years have had their Florida winter vacations at my home, and I, my summer vacations at their homes. Often in these conversations, I would express my concerns about the lack of services and opportunities for people in recovery in Florida.
When I relocated, I found both AA/NA programs and meetings much different than what I was familiar with back up North. I had continued to maintain close contact with my sponsor in Boston. One phone call, I was complaining about the lack of services here for recovering people, the differences in the meetings, the scarcity of meetings, as well as my frustrations.
Walter stated “If you don’t like something, then fix it. By the way, it’s time for you to stop sniveling about it.”
In my mind, I kept returning to that conversation and asking myself, “What can I do to make things better here?”
As we all know, there are many sayings and slogans used in AA and NA. When I was new in the program, I hated the slogans and then somehow that also gradually changed. One has stuck with me over the years: “If you want to keep it, you have to give it away.”
The reasons why I started The Transition House, Inc. are pretty simple and matter of fact. My deepest desire was to establish a program where the clients developed the strong bonds and the sense of commitment to their fellow addict and alcoholic that I was familiar with in Boston.
For any client who ever has walked through the doors of The Transition House, Inc. and to anyone who will walk through them in the future, they owe a debt of gratitude to one great man: Walter. He gave me the inspiration, the self-confidence, the permission to go ahead and start The Transition House, Inc.