I had the incredibly good fortune to meet Phillip the day I was discharged from an inpatient treatment facility on Singer Island in December 2015 at 24 years old. At that point in my life, I was lost and broken and searching for something or someone to point me in the right direction, as I was at a crossroads. That day, Phillip walked in the room and used his uncanny ability to relate to me and make me feel comfortable attending my first meeting. Instantly, I understood his intentions were pure and all he wanted to do was help another man who was obviously in need of a new direction. I knew at that moment that he was the one I wanted to learn from!
Throughout my journey of sobriety, Phillip has been there for me every step of the way. Every major decision I have made in my life, Phillip was involved, helping me navigate the treacherous waters of life as a sober man. Though the sentiments of recovery tell you that you have to get sober for yourself, one of my motivating factors was getting sober for my parents. I broke their hearts more times than I would care to admit, and amidst my self-centered lifestyle, more times than I can probably recall. At 30 years old, I am now closer with my mother and father than I have ever been! It brings me real joy to see how our relationships have progressed, where I am proud to say I am no longer keeping my mother up late at night worrying about where I am, who I am with, or what trouble I am getting myself into. Though I was blind to the hurtful impact my actions made on my parents, Phillip helped me see this and EARN my parents’ trust back.
My experience with Phillip allowed me to reenroll in college, improving my GPA from 1.7 (and failing out of two colleges), to earning an Associate’s Degree from Broward College with Dean’s List distinction, a BSBA in Accounting and MBA with a concentration in Risk Management from Robert Morris University, with a cumulative GPA of 3.96. Further, I was able to work at a residential country club and earn a promotion to food and beverage management, marking my first job in management. Upon graduation from Robert Morris University, I received a full-time job offer at a public accounting firm, something I would have never dreamed possible! Though these are personal achievements, none of this would have been possible had I not laid down the foundations of sobriety, which I owe the credit to Phillip.
At this point in my life, there are only two things I truly strive for: growth and happiness. Growth relates to intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth and the constant drive to personally improve my life. Working with Phillip opened my eyes to an entire world of possibilities and allowed me to grow in ways I could have never imagined intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Happiness (and I am quoting Phillip) is, “The ability to walk in harmony with your true self.” I may not have all of the material things I wanted when I was younger but, I am truly comfortable with the man I have become.
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When I first began this journey in 2016, a close family friend called me and said “Anne, you need to call Phillip Causey”. I told her that I knew him from afar as he was a friend of my father, his daughter was a sorority sister of mine and that I sat for his boys while working at their private school. I waited for several weeks to call him as frankly I was scared and daunted by it all.
Once I did call, he put me immediately at ease. Phillip not only can instill humor – which we all need – in his worthy words of wisdom, he shares it with kindness and grace. He always shares his strength, hope and encouragement –-instilling the lessons he has learned in life with such self - deprecation. Phillip has been an integral part of our family. Helping my son so much in his journey and our daughter as well as she has been so encouraged by him in her strength going forward in such a successful way. We have spent family time together and he is a wonderful, father, advocate and friend. Phillip’s spiritual strength helps us all and encourages us in that way for sure.
From the outside looking in, I know that Phillip does so much for so many young and old. Phillip sees the beauty in all walks of life and to me – wants everyone one else to see so equally. He certainly has helped our family every step of the way.
Phillip has a strong voice that leads quietly but assuredly.
He is a true gift.
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When I was scheduled to attend Philip Causey’s Family Session 10 years ago, my son was reluctantly in rehab, bucking it every step of the way. My aunt passed away and her funeral was the same day as I was due to fly to Florida. Philip emphatically told me, “Miss one funeral to prevent another.” Boy was he right. By attending his weeklong session, I learned to be part of the solution and what my son and I needed to do to survive his addiction. It wasn’t an easy journey, but Philip’s wise words and informative sessions gave my family a very detailed blueprint to follow which thanks to my son’s desire to change helped free the chains of addiction, make it through the really tough times and thankfully see a drug free bright future. My son is now celebrating 10 years of clean time. He went from living in a sober house to owning five sober houses. He went from attending workshops like Philip’s session to being a sought after presenter at high school, college, community, speaker jams and sober house events. He is the host of recovery radio, has dozens of sponsees. Graduated Georgian Court University with honors, is married to a like-minded girl in the program and has two beautiful children. Shawn is proof that miracles can happen. And the first step on the way was Philip’s vital Family Seminar. I highly recommend it to parents or spouses looking for hope, direction and the skills to survive their loved one’s addiction.
It all started with a Boston Red Sox hat! Phillip met our son Tom, at an AA meeting the day after the series ended with a win for the Sox. His comment to Tom was “you picked the right team”! With that began a friendship that we will all be forever grateful for.
We had recently moved to Florida and Tom was in and out of recovery, sober living houses and treatment centers. He was trying his best to stay clean and sober and do the right thing however, his addiction was stronger than he was. He had spent over 10 years battling this beast and from the time they met, Phillip helped him navigate the waters and brought him to where he is today. For a year and a half Phillip stood by him, sponsored, coached and counseled him and never gave up. Tom is fast approaching his second year of sobriety and we owe much of that to Phillip.
Through this process, Phillip became a friend, advisor and healer to the rest of the family as well. There were many times that we didn’t think we could face another day of his addiction. Phillip always took our calls, day or night, willing to listen, give advice and helped us understand how to stop enabling Tom. Phillip continues to offer thoughtful counseling, good humor when needed and a giving heart full of faith.
Tom and Phillip remain close as friends while also maintaining their sponsor to sponsee relationship. We consider Phillip a very dear friend and advisor, someone who helped bring our son back to us. What a stroke of luck that Tom wore that hat that day, surely divine intervention.