Matthew Irwin, COO


"I don’t think I have a good story about my addiction to tell the only thing that’s a positive is that I made it out alive," starts Matt's story.   "As most people would say it started off fun, but that wasn’t my addiction yet.  After multiple treatment centers and sober livings, I was ready to be receptive.  In hindsight I was the problem all along, I was never ready to sit still and listen."


"In starting By The Book Recovery, my goal is to offer a place to live that someone can walk into and feel at home.  Addiction does not just affect the addict, it affects the family and friends are affected too.  I don’t want to give someone the chance to do what I did and say it’s in a bad neighborhood, the food is awful, they don’t care, I’m bored, if this is being sober it’s not for me."


Matthew is bringing his years of multifamily property management along with his experience serving the recovery community to the Sober Living industry.  Matthew has shared his experience, strength, and hope with many individuals.  

Daniel Alaniz, Weekend House Manager


Daniel Alaniz joined By The Book Recovery Centers a House Manager.  He shares his story with new clients in order to inspire them to be the best version of themselves.  He begins, "I now understand that my life had always been full of self-generated misery.  The program has been helping me find who I really am while learning what is really important in my life.  I know that my purpose is to be sober and to help others along the way."  


He says, "Being part of By The Book is a way for me to contribute toward people bettering themselves if they choose to."  His new goals include helping people create a better life for themselves, just the way that he was helped.  For me, leaving the way I used to be behind is a wonderful experience.  I am actually learning about what makes me tick as a person and becoming a man that I can be proud of.  Today, I have many things to be grateful for and being part of this establishment is just one item on the list of things that give me shining hope for a better tomorrow."  

Nicholas Darrow, Night House Manager

Nicholas Darrow joins the By The Book Recovery Team as a House Manager.  Nicholas's story starts out like many other people in recovery, "My name is Nicholas Darrow and I am a grateful addict/alcoholic who has recovered from a hopeless state of mind and body."  Through working the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and being part of the fellowship, Nicholas has developed a new sense of drive and purpose.  


"In my life instead of wandering aimlessly, I try to help the next man who is as hopeless as I used to be."  Nicholas credits God for carrying him through the struggles he has encountered even though at the time he didn't see it. "Working to become the man God intended for me to be, allows me to be a father, son, grandson, brother, and nephew.  Instead of being an insignificant other, I am a significant other."


Nicholas says that by taking a leap of faith, he found the 12 Steps and a way of life that guides his daily life.  "I couldn't stay sober for my friends or family.  By living the program of AA, I not only got sober, I got a second chance at life!!

By The Book Recovery Center

2209 Ella Blvd

Houston, TX 77008

(832) 418-1822

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