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The Guest House Ocala is the culmination of the lives, careers and passions of its co-founders, Judy Crane and John West. John and Judy are dedicated to bringing healing and hope to those who struggle with addiction and other self-destructive behaviors, particularly as a result of traumatic or emotional events. The two combine personal experience with healing from addiction, extensive therapy training and award-winning treatment administration to bring an ideal balance of deep understanding and high-level expertise to the mission of The Guest House. John and Judy imagined not just a treatment facility, but a place where comfort, quiet and healing were prioritized through premier-quality services and amenities. They sought to create a private, welcoming home where you are met with open arms at the door, exactly where you are on your journey, yet without judgment or expectations.

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The Guest House

When John and Judy chose our beautiful Silver Springs, Florida estate for the location of their dream recovery space, they sought to find a name for the center that reflected their ideals as well as the mission statement of their planned programs. They decided to call it The Guest House after a poem written by Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi poet.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi

Like the poem states, we welcome all — the good and the bad, for better or for worse. In this poem, Rumi perfectly summarizes the haven for healing that we are striving to create: a place that prizes patience, tolerance, positivity and gratitude so that each of our guests can feel understood and valued exactly as they are. No matter how small or complex your story is, you are invited to make The Guest House a stop on your journey to recovery.