Eden House Profile

Spotlight on Lance Gigsby

I first entered Eden House in 1975 at that time I was in jail in Minneapolis based on my 8th felony charge. I had been in treatment three times before-Lexington, KY and two prison treatment programs at St.Cloud and Stillwater State prisons. Looking back I was just gaming the system I knew I had no intention of quitting using drugs and committing crimes to support my drug use. I have to be honest because at first my reason for going to Eden House was once again playing the same old game getting out of being sent back to prison. What I was unaware of is that Eden House knew my sick, destructive game and demanded honesty and responsible, accountable behavior, or the would let door hit you where the dog bit you (smile).

The program length was almost one year at the time. Well, to make a long story short I decided to stay because I did not have any sensible options at the time. My mission at first was to act as if I was totally honest,responsible and accountable. But a funny thing happened along the way. After about four or five months, I woke up one morning and found that in fact I was being totally honest, responsible and accountable. It seemed like it just snuck up on me while I was not looking. Wow, I had learned. It was like a light bulb turning on in my head.

It was not easy. Eden House can be a trip. I guess a few times I had to do battle with myself to stay there, but without the help of other clients and my mentors I would have failed. My sincere thanks to Pat and Lorraine Teel, Dan Cain, Fred Dillon and last but not least Benny Wiley.