Get your life back on track with best in class compassionate care that works at nationally recognized Ambrosia Treatment Center. Recover in therapeutic sun filled palm tree lined addiction rehabilitation centers with Amenities including pool, lounge, yoga, massage, acupuncture and more (amenities vary by center). Ambrosia Treatment Center Drug & Alcohol Rehab Detox in-patient, PHP, detoxification, substance abuse treatment centers provide advanced curated innovative evidence-based addiction recovery programs. Ambrosia’s drug & alcohol renowned rehab experts have been featured in the media hundreds of times including at CBS, NBC, CNN, Washington Post, Forbes & The Wall Street Journal. With over 10,000 success stories, you’re in the right place to get real help. Ambrosia’s recovery success is backed by:
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No commitment required; get help now, call 24/7. Ambrosia’s Alcohol Drug Rehab FREE Residential Drug Treatment Hotline is accessible to you & family members. Ambrosia is a judgment-free home for those suffering from substance use disorder. Our staff works closely with clients to help overcome their addiction by rapidly evaluating, motivating, treating clients within a comprehensive team of caring specialists. Providing compassionate care within our treatment network including inpatient, outpatient (IOP) detox, group plus one-on-one counseling, and aftercare services. Ambrosia stands ready to help clients even with severe substance abuse addictions suffering repeated relapse at home, in sober living, sober homes, and other addiction clinics. We’ve seen it all before and with over 10K success stories we know how to make real change in your addiction recovery.
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Ambrosia Treatment Center combines heartfelt addiction treatment hospitality with unrivaled innovation, education, and post-treatment support. Our substance abuse rehabilitation programs are world-class and renowned for their science-based approach. Our clinical drug abuse expertise, in-depth alcohol and drug dependency experience, university partnerships, and state-of-the-art treatment equipment provide the tools to help clients. Our recovery treatment extends to severe chemical dependency disorders with multiple dual or co-occurring diagnoses posing the most difficult of recovery cases. Our investment in exceptional talent, groundbreaking technology, and progressive treatments is changing the face of addiction center rehabilitation. Call to find out more about how we can help you or a loved one today.
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Ambrosia Treatment Center is devoted to your lifelong sobriety. We help you restructure your life via treatment in a way that you can find fulfilling. We’ll teach, guide, listen, and counsel you in your search for a safe place to beat addiction and transition back to independence within a family atmosphere. You’ll be supported and treated along-side a humble team of specialists providing you with individualized evidence-based addiction treatment. Whether suffering from chronic relapse or multiple addictions or multiple co-occurring traumas, our therapists have been at it for decades and know how to help. Ambrosia is the right choice – if you have nothing, nobody, even family and friends can’t help anymore, and addictive cravings overrule your life, or drugs and alcohol abuse have altered your brain. We’re the addiction specialists to turn to. We know the route to your recovery. Let us help you today.
Our advanced addiction programs go beyond learning to survive addiction. We can guide you too on how to thrive in recovery. We’ll help you focus on ending chronic relapse by understanding the underlying root causes of your addiction vs. relying exclusively on simply treating only your addictive behaviors. That’s why our clients can experience real, sustainable change that comes from the inside out. Try our innovative and different addiction programs for yourself and see their results with your own eyes.
We take every clients’ unique circumstances into your individualized treatment. Regardless of your addiction or situation, our addiction experts can really help. Your recovery includes proven, science-based, co-occurring diagnosis therapies designed to treat your entire addiction from body, mind to spirit, including in-depth emotional and trauma counseling. From medical detoxification assistance to medical stabilization to individualized therapy and continuing & post care planning. We offer innovative effective treatments designed by addiction specialists. We offer age-specific residential addiction treatment for men & women in addition to a specialized center for older adults 35+. We provide gender-specific therapy along with gender-specific therapy groups for men and women offering even more specialized treatment options.
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Reputation for Quality Care: Get away from triggers, bad influences & empower yourself with America’s leading addiction professionals that know what it takes to help you.
FREE Family Support: Heal as a family with intensive family weekends & learn to help without enabling using e-therapy sessions, online courses, and advice via text.
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FREE Hotline: Talk to someone who understands & can help you figure out what to do — even if you don’t come here.
FREE Lifelong Sobriety Support: Leave with a real plan and plenty of ongoing support to help you (finally) make lasting changes.
Affordable, World-Class Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatments: Conquer drugs and alcohol, as well as underlying issues like depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and denial with both proven and innovative treatment methods — often fully covered by private insurance. Including neuro-science therapy for trauma and neurofeedback sessions to retrain your brain at the brainwave level.
Our Promise to You: We are committed to finding help for anyone calling for themselves or a loved one. If drug and alcohol addiction treatment at Ambrosia is not appropriate or if space is limited, we’ll provide you with FREE vetted referrals to get you or your loved one on the road to recovery. Even more, Ambrosia’s advanced Family Wellness Program will be provided to you and your family FREE with admission. To ensure the best outcomes we’ll actively support your family and you with lifelong continuous advice, education, and resources. Call for FREE drug and alcohol treatment center Helpline 24/7 & get help now.
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Cocaine (Coke) addiction (Crack)
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In-patient Drug & Alcohol Rehab is the Smart Choice for Recovery Success
Our addiction experts know that residential inpatient drug & alcohol abuse treatment tends to offer clients a better track record of successful recovery vs. ordinary outpatient counseling. Decades of hands-on experience plus over 10,000 clients treated guides us to encourage clients to get the unique benefits of in-patient rehab facilities. Through our treatment model, clients are enabled for success with inpatient addiction rehabilitation benefits including:
Greater accountability, w/ structured more intensive treatment w/ more therapy options
Great accessibility to treatment and supervision by expert therapists and the medical team
New close friendships development that goes with you once you leave here for a lifetime of support
Empowering strong connections to a whole community of recovery, alumni and family support
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to focus exclusively on yourself and your health and on getting better
Our specialists know that to form life-long freedom from an addiction inpatient treatment is superior to other more limited options. That’s why we recommend clients follow drug detox with an intensive daily regimen of a group and individual therapeutic programming in-residence within a supportive and protective community separated from addiction triggers and bad influences at home. Clearly, inpatient treatment can be the smart choice for recovery. That’s why our addiction recovery centers offer a full spectrum of residential substance abuse programs that aims to treat a diversity of client needs and their life circumstances. While outpatient addiction programs serve a supportive role in post-rehab sobriety; only inpatient treatment facilities can provide a comprehensive focused treatment critical to achieving recovery success. Similarly, sober living houses offer a less-structured environment treatment for clients moving out of our residential treatment program and back into the real world. But these only serve as an auxiliary to the residential rehab experience. And function more as an add-on service vs. a comprehensive residential inpatient treatment, which we believe work to best serve our clients’ long-term prospects. Inpatient residential live-in substance abuse treatment programs offer 28 day, 30 day, 60 day, 90 day, 180 day stays depending on your personal treatment plan. Call 24/7 for FREE expert advice; get help today.
Our in-patient treatment centers offer:
New environment separated and away from addiction triggers and bad influences
New separation in actual distance away from addiction triggers and influences
Tranquil rehabilitation centers in comfortable inpatient residential setting allowing clients to immerse in treatment
Around the clock 24×7 care by professional addiction experts that will support & guide your every step
Fast track curated personalized treatment, individualized drug & alcohol abuse counseling & continuous care
Living in residence within a supportive and protective community providing the ideal environment for recovery
Before and after rehab action plan to keep you sober after you leave – we’re committed to your on-going success
Family support, counseling, and advice throughout including after you leave to keep you on track to better health
Don’t suffer another day. Call us today. We can help you move from pain to healing and freedom. Call 24/7 for FREE expert advice.
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Ambrosia Drug & Alcohol Treatment centers serve clients from all over the United States: While we serve many clients from Florida and surrounding states in our FL rehab centers and others in our PA facilities; we also support clients from the midwest, northeast, and west coast. Our local facilities serve Port St Lucie, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Singer Island, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Treasure Coast, Indian Town, Miami Broward county, West Palm Beach (WPB), Palm Beach Gardens, Boyton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lakeworth, Deerfield, Coral Springs, Sunrise FL, Weston, Pembroke, Hialeah, Miami Beach, Davie, Broward, and overall South Florida.
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What you deny or ignore, you delay. What you accept and face, you conquer.
Fans would be surprised to know how much of a drug culture exists behind the scenes in the pro football.
In the 1980s, it was out of control. Without much thought, I found myself regularly abusing alcohol and cocaine. Despite the partying, I was looking pretty good on the field and my lifestyle was still hidden from the public.
However, in the summer of 1990, cocaine caused me to fail my third drug test. Buddy Ryan, the coach of the Eagles at the time, had enough. I was released from the team after just three seasons. To make matters worse, word was starting to get out. I was becoming branded as a problem player before I even wanted to admit the problem to myself. For too many young athletes, this is where their story takes a terrible downward spiral.
If it wasn’t for the Minnesota Vikings, drugs and alcoholism would have ended my career too.
My new team invested so much in me. I owe everything to the Vikings. Though being dropped from the Eagles was a harsh wake-up call, getting and staying sober was hard. I struggled even with plenty of help and motivation to get my life together.
Ultimately, the Vikings got me to the right people — like the people at Ambrosia — who taught me how to live the rest of my life. I didn’t have to be a prisoner to the things that held me back before. I could finally tap into my athletic ability and give it 100 percent. My lifestyle completely changed to focus on my workouts and training.
Because of this life-changing shift, I was able to accomplish so many of the dreams that I had ever since I was a little boy.
Being in recovery allowed me to play in the Pro Bowl for eight consecutive seasons, retire with more than 1,000 career catches and, ultimately, make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I can say with absolute certainty that I would have never achieved any of this without my sobriety.
As proud as I am of my accomplishments as a wide receiver, I am even more proud to have been named NFL’s Man of the Year. I feel so passionate about preventing addiction and helping those already struggling. I work with a variety of charities to get underprivileged kids to understand the importance of staying in school and away from the party scene. For those already caught up in drugs and alcohol, there is hope. I know firsthand that everyone possesses the inner strength to escape the iron grip of addiction.
To save lives, we need to take the stigma out of addiction.
Through my active involvement in the recovery community, I see too many people not getting the help they need because of shame. As a society, we need to put to rest the idea that being an alcoholic or a drug addict is something to be embarrassed about. The reality is that addiction is a disease. It is all around us. Addiction is not a crime, and it is not a choice.
If my story can inspire even one person to seek help and turn their life around, then I need to keep telling it. I’m partnered with Ambrosia’s drug rehab Florida and drug rehab California Not just for pro players, but for over 10K people across the country and their families. There is hope. You just have to call.
I was drawn to anything and everything that took me out of reality.
I remember laying on an air mattress that didn’t inflate anymore, in 80-degree weather, no air conditioning, empty vodka bottles laying on the floor and feeling absolutely miserable. I watched as my family slowly slipped into hopelessness right along with me. It was the worst ten years of my life. I had nothing and no one left towards the end of my addiction. I drained anybody that cared for me of everything they had.
I remember the feeling of just wanting to end it all. I envisioned what it would be like when I finally got the nerve to take my own life. I pictured my father, who had died earlier that year, taking my hand and telling me it was all over. As constructed a plan to take my own life, I heard a voice clear as day that said, “You’re better than this.” I sat straight up and looked around my room, only to find that I was hallucinating. But I couldn’t shake that voice. It sparked something inside me, and I immediately knew what I had to do. I mustered up every ounce of courage, hope and sanity I had left and texted my mother, “I NEED HELP!” That was all she was waiting to hear. I was on a plane heading to treatment within 48 hours.
I knew I had a chance that not a lot of addicts get. I knew I had the will to fight. I knew I had to get sober.
I went to detox and a 90-day program at a treatment center in South Carolina. When I left, I thought I was ready to be on my own. I got an apartment and relapsed a day later. I continued to use for about two weeks until my mother intervened and told me I had to go back to treatment. Something was missing from my recovery. I kicked and screamed, but eventually gave in. Not because I didn’t want to be sober, but because I was so angry at myself for relapsing. I broke down and went to Ambrosia, ready to forgive myself and work harder than ever before.
If you put as much work into your recovery as you did into using, you’ll have a strong foundation.
The best part of being sober is looking in the mirror and being able to say I’m proud of myself. I have the freedom to live life without worrying about my next fix. When I lay my head on my pillow, I can smile because I know I was the best version of myself that day. And, I know that tomorrow I get the chance to be an even better person than I was the day before.
Recovery feels better than I had ever imagined. It’s the most empowering and freeing feeling you’ll ever have. My biggest accomplishment since getting sober is being able to rebuild my relationships. I can pick up the phone and call my mom, my sister or my stepdad and have a genuine conversation, and that’s the best feeling in the world. Even though I don’t have their total trust back, I have much more than I had before. I have friends now who want to spend time with me without any ulterior motives.
I worked hard and didn’t let the tough moments take me down. I kept on keeping on.
My goal is to stay sober by taking baby steps through life. I’ve got to where I am by being patient and letting my higher power lead me to where I’m needed next. I don’t know what lies ahead, but I know that as long as I stay sober and let my higher power lead the way, I’m going to be just fine.
It’s okay not to know the answers. Keep taking the next step, no matter how small, and before you know it, your life will be better than you could have ever imagined.
In my early 20’s, I was diagnosed with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, and my doctor started me on pain medication. Before I knew it, my life was a train wreck. I hated the person I was. Growing up in church, I believed that addiction was a moral issue, and I loathed the fact that prayer wasn’t taking it away. I was a danger to myself and everyone around me. I began stealing from anyone I could get close to support my habit. I overdosed multiple times, and even after a week in the ICU on a ventilator, I still couldn’t come to terms with the fact I had a problem.
My spirit was gone; I was just a shell of a human trying to survive one day to the next.
I tried and failed at every attempt to get sober. I was alone, isolated and felt like all hope was gone. I couldn’t hold down a job, had no friends and tried as best I could to keep my addiction from everyone.
My marriage fell apart and ended in divorce. I lost custody of my kids, and my daughter (who was about six at the time) asked to live with my parents. I sucked the life out of everyone that loved me and kept them in constant fear that I would die or end up in jail. They couldn’t ever be at peace, because I would not allow that. My daughter witnessed paramedics trying to revive her lifeless mother on more than one occasion. She was so used to the chaos that it felt normal to her.
In May of 2014, I was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a controlled substance. That same month I overdosed again. My parents were done. They would no longer continue to allow me to live in their home in the condition I was in. I made the decision to get treatment and completed my fifth and final rehab stay. After treatment, I followed up with sober living. I completed the program, got a sponsor, worked the steps and even went on to become the house manager of my sober home.
My life today is one of redemption and hope.
I know I can face whatever comes my way by doing the next right thing. I don’t live in fear or spend my days chasing the next high. I feel free to be myself, and no longer live in the shame I once did. I am surrounded by like-minded people who support me and my recovery.
I have a peace that I can’t explain. The relationships with my children and family have been restored, and I can finally look myself in the mirror and love the person I see. There are hard days, but my worst day sober is always better than my best day high. The most important thing I have accomplished is having my children and family back in my life. They trust me today, and that is a complete turnaround from the life I had five years ago.
Since I got sober, I have been fortunate to work in the substance abuse field, where I can help others find sobriety. It’s a miracle that I can now be an advocate for those who are struggling just like I was. Recently, I started Hope@First, a support group for those that have a loved one struggling with addiction, and I am working towards licensure as a drug and alcohol counselor. I plan to keep fighting and advocating for those suffering from addiction. You never know what kind of impact you might have on someone’s life.
Trust the process! Never give up and stick close to people who are sober, and NEVER, no matter how hard, forget that there is hope!
Listen to the people you trust and follow their direction.
My addiction started with smoking weed with friends or an occasional party on the weekend, but I quickly became interested in harder drugs, especially pills and psychedelics.
Within a few years, my life had become a living hell. I would do anything to get money for the next high, even putting my life on the line. My actions tore my family and my relationships apart. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t be there for anyone I cared about. I let everyone I knew and loved down for years. The end of my spree resulted in a domestic violence charge and jail. Something had to change.
Eventually, I found myself out of options.
I bounced around from rehab to rehab trying to get better, but sobriety wasn’t sticking. I would make some progress and build things back up just to tear them down again. When things got bad enough, I made the decision to head back to treatment for the last time and do things the right way.
Immediately, something was different. For the first time, I admitted that I didn’t know what was best for me. I immersed myself in the program and took every suggestion that my counselors and my peers gave me. I no longer had a choice. I was desperate to figure out how to manage life without drugs and alcohol as a crutch, and I was willing to do whatever it took to get there. Only then did I start seriously working on myself. Going through the steps and getting in touch with a power greater than myself is the only thing that got me out of the mess I created to where I am now.
I could never have imagined being in the position I am in today.
My life is amazing. I have finally found a purpose and I have solutions to negative feelings other than getting high. Now I’m able to show up for family and friends and be an example. My relationships with my family and friends are completely different now. I’ve been able to right many of the wrongs that I did while I was using. I truly feel like I’m not the same person that did those things in the past.
I have found inner peace.
One of the best things I can do now that I am sober is to help others recover like so many people helped me. It’s the only way I get to keep what I’ve gained along the way. I recently went back to school to become a drug and alcohol counselor so I can pass this knowledge to the next person who needs it.
My goal is to continue down the path of recovery and go back to school for my psychology degree so I can be more effective to others. Today I have real friendships, sponsees and relationships with people that I thought would never speak to me again. I had to fall hard to get back up, but I wouldn’t trade anything where I am today.
My daughter was desperate before Ambrosia took her in. She couldn’t stay sober, and I couldn’t stand her. She wasn’t welcome in my home anymore. I know it was heartbreaking for her to hear me say that. She thought I hated her for all the awful things she put me through. Some days it felt like she was right. I read an old letter she wrote at her first rehab in 2015, where she listed the positive things about herself. It made me cry knowing that person, her old self, was gone.
Kelsey has a daughter, but she didn’t really know her. She didn’t know her clothes size or what she liked to do. Sometimes, her own child was afraid of her. Kelsey put on a great façade, pretending everything was OK when she was always high, but it became too much. She gave up emotionally and just tapped out.
I spent every minute of every day worried about my daughter.
It became so bad that I stopped living altogether. I existed only in the chaos. Were the police going to come knocking? Was I going to get a call that my daughter had been arrested? What would be missing when I got home? I walked around distracted by a permanent fog.
After years living like this, there was nothing left to do but stop. Stop trying to save her. Stop covering and giving her money. Stop talking to her altogether. I told my daughter that unless she went to treatment, I would not be able to have her in my life. It went against the permanent feelings of love that I will always have for her, but there was nothing left. We were both living in ruins and so was our relationship. The only thing I could fix was myself.
I didn’t know what to do or where to go, but I knew I needed help too. I eventually found the Facebook group “The Addict’s Mom” and it changed my life. I was so relieved that I wasn’t alone. I found parents just like me, going through the same thing. It was unbelievable how similar some of the stories were to my situation. I got so much more than advice. The group helped me find the inner peace I was looking for.
One day in June, The Addict’s Mom posted on Facebook about scholarships for treatment at Ambrosia. This was the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Kelsey needed. Her four-page application letter detailing her desperation was accepted. I finally felt hopeful that something might change for the better. And, it did.
Recovery feels like peace and quiet.
I’m so grateful to be a part of Kelsey’s recovery. She has seven months sober now, and I am proud of that accomplishment. I know she fights against temptation every day, some days harder than others. Not only is she in sober living, but she’s the house manager and just landed her first full-time job. She’s learned to get beyond her self-hate and knows that she deserves goodness and happiness in her life.
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My addiction started at the age of 12 when I smoked marijuana for the first time. A couple of years later, I had my wisdom teeth removed and the surgeon gave me painkillers. I instantly fell in love with opiates and the way they made me feel. At the time, I had no idea that a doctor’s prescription could kick off a disease that would completely change my life.
I constantly felt hopeless. It felt like it would never be possible for me to live a life of recovery.
My addiction led me down a horrible path of self-destruction. Drugs and alcohol destroyed every relationship I had including family, friends, my higher power and myself. I had no conscience and disregarded any help that my loved ones offered me.
When things finally got bad enough, I found myself checking into multiple detoxes and treatment centers without any success. Looking back, I realize why recovery didn’t stick those first few times. I stopped working on myself as soon as I got out. After my last time in treatment in 2008, I decided that this time around I was going to continue working on myself every day. I am still an active member of a 12-step fellowship today, and I don’t plan on stopping.
Recovery is being at peace with one’s self.
I feel that I am finally free from my addiction. When I wake up in the morning, my first thought isn’t spent wondering how I am going to get high today. Being clean gives me the freedom of choice. Addiction is predictable, but recovery is not. The longer I stay away from that life, the more I appreciate life and the gifts of living a better life.
I have found myself and a sense of peace and happiness that money cannot buy.
Being clean has given me the opportunity to become the person that I’ve always wanted to be. The progress that I have made in these few years never ceases to amaze me. I went back to school and graduated with my nursing degree in 2015 and purchased my first home a year later. I earned my associate degree, and I am now a Certified Addiction Counselor. I’ve been able to repair all the financial damage I caused and make amends for the emotional damage I’ve caused as well.
I plan to continue my education and help as many people as I can by pursuing my master’s degree in social work. I want to become a licensed clinician and combine my personal experience with my education to help people find a new way of life. I also plan to continue attending meetings and helping others. I have a duty to and give away what was so freely given to me.
I am a woman of integrity today and recovery makes that possible.
I am proud to say that I’m the mother I always wanted to be.
Like so many others, I started drinking as a teenager with my friends. It started out innocent, but before I knew it, I had formed a relationship with alcohol that was going to take me to places I never imaged that I would go.
When enough was enough, I knew I needed help. I came to treatment completely unmanageable and feeling broken. The worst part was that I wasn’t present in my daughter’s life. I knew it was time to stop making excuses and start making a change. Being in treatment gave me time to heal and come to terms with the damage I had done to myself and my family. After I got out, I kept going to meetings and started working a 12-step program every day. That’s what helped me get sober and what helps me stay sober, one day at a time. The best part about the program is getting to see the process work for other people. When it happens, you can see and feel the transformation.
It’s a miracle seeing the light return to someone’s eyes.
So much has happened in my life since I have been sober. Sobriety is like a completely new adventure. I recently got married for the first time and my husband is also in recovery. He’s been clean for two and a half years now, and together we’re able to help each other stay accountable. I’m able to be present for my friends and family on a regular basis and I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I think about how much has changed.
I am currently working on my certification to become a Certified Recovery Support Worker, which I should be finishing up by the end of 2019. I live in New Hampshire, where there aren’t a lot of resources available for addicts and alcoholics. I want to get into the treatment field and use my experience to help people find a new life, the same way people helped me when I needed it.
My biggest piece of advice is to stay away from people, places and things where you drank and get active in a recovery program. Getting sober isn’t always easy, but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
Find a power greater than yourself, get a sponsor and surround yourself with good people who can help you. Most importantly, just don’t pick up.
My addiction put my family through something they were never meant to experience.
I swore I’d never touch drugs, but it happened. Once I started smoking weed, I justified taking pills, then doing a little coke. I kept justifying until I needed to stick a needle in my arm to get out of bed in the morning. Buying, using, and hiding my addiction was a 24-hour grind. I couldn’t shake the constant, bone-chilling fear of knowing that I needed to use to get through the day, but I had no means of getting what I needed.
I started putting myself in dangerous situations that I would never have dreamed of. Eventually, my friends and family cut me off because of all the pain and heartache I was causing them. I always thought I was only hurting myself when I was in active addiction. I never realized that my family suffered the same amount of pain and heartache that I did.
I was willing to do whatever it took to prevent myself from going back to that lifestyle.
Addiction beat me down, but fortunately, I had people looking out for me that got me into treatment. I went to a meeting my first day out and raised my hand. The other men at that meeting took me under their wing and gave me suggestions along the way. I surrounded myself with them all the time, even outside of the meeting. Sometimes they would play golf or go fishing, and anything that they did I was right there with them. After I went to a few meetings, I found someone that I could really relate to, and I asked him to be my sponsor. As he took me through the twelve steps, the obsession to do drugs was slowly removed. It wasn’t easy, but it meant that I didn’t have to rely on a chemical to get through the day.
Take advice. Let somebody else make the right decisions for you until you can make them yourself.
I’m not a millionaire by any means. I still have rough days and deal with life’s problems, but it’s nothing that I can’t handle with help from my sober support. By next fall I plan on going back to school to study marine biology. It’s something I’ve always been passionate about, and now that I live in Florida I have the perfect opportunity to pursue it.
I’m included in things today, like going out and doing fun activities with my friends. When I was getting high, I was such a toxic, shady person that nobody wanted anything to do with me. I have been rebuilding my relationship with my mother, and I’m starting to gain back the trust that I lost over the years. Now I spend my days helping other people who are struggling in the same situation I was. It’s unbelievably gratifying because it’s a constant reminder of what life was like back then.
The best part about being sober is being able to sleep at night without constant fear and worry creeping over me.
Trust me when I say, the sober life is a life beyond your wildest dreams.
I started smoking weed when I was about 14 years old, which slowly turned in to harder drugs and a lot of drinking. I would go to parties and have a good time, but when everyone was done at the end of the night, I kept going. For some reason, I could never get enough. Things got worse when I started using prescription pain pills. I was using every day and eventually turned to heroin.
Addiction was a ball and chain. I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything if I wasn’t high. I was constantly tied down to the drugs.
Active addiction was the most miserable time of my life. I would lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate everyone in my life. I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I didn’t care. All I could think about was my next fix. I was living that lifestyle just so I wouldn’t be sick and so I could function throughout the day.
My drug use tore my family apart. As much as they loved me, they had to distance themselves. My addiction was making them sick and destroying their lives. After a while, I had no friends left either. It wasn’t until I was completely broken down that I decided to get help. I knew I was going to die if I didn’t put all my effort into recovery. I had to do it for myself, or nothing was going to change. I was ready to accept whatever help I could get.
For once in my life, I was a free man.
After treatment, I dove right in and got a sponsor. Going through the twelve steps is what saved my life. For once, I stopped trying to run the show and just listened. I hung around people that had a year or more and knew how to stay sober, and they showed me how to do it. It was simple, but I always made it so much more difficult than it had to be.
About six months into my sobriety the obsession to drink and use drugs went away. Now, I can go anywhere and do anything without being tied down to a substance. I have this peace and calmness about me, and it feels unreal. Never in my life did I ever think I would have that peace of mind.
Today, I’m back in school and studying business administration. Eventually, I would like to get my master’s degree and start a business of my own. Plus, I get to work at the treatment center where I began my journey. I don’t know where sobriety will take me, but I do know my heart lies in helping others.
I find the best gift in life is to give back, and that is what I want to do.
My addiction started at the age of 18, right before college. I was working late nights and double shifts at a restaurant, and my boyfriend at the time gave me half of a pill to help with back pain from standing all day. I functioned normally for the first year, only taking them on the weekends during college. During the summer after my first year of college, I started using heroin and not long after, crack cocaine.
It wasn’t long before I lost all control. I dropped out of college, couldn’t keep a job, and ended up without a place to live. When I used, I would disappear. My family and friends would try to reach out, but I would never respond. I became a ghost. On occasion, I would be spotted on the street, but for the most part, no one knew if I was dead or alive.
My last attempt at using heroin only lasted a few weeks, but it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I was staying at a drug motel and using with strangers. I was putting myself in very dangerous situations, and I knew it was only going to get worse. I finally surrendered. I successfully completed treatment at Ambrosia in West Palm Beach, and for the first time, I was willing to take direction. I moved into a halfway house where I attended aftercare and began to pick up the pieces. After three years of using drugs and attending several treatment centers, I finally got (and stayed) sober.
Recovery feels like total freedom. A weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I now have faith that I can accomplish anything.
The best thing about being clean and sober is having the freedom to wake up every day without having to rely on a substance to feel okay. My mind is no longer clouded. I have a strong connection with my Higher Power who guides me, and I live a better life than I ever thought possible. And because of that, I am able to help others who are fighting the same battle that I was.
For a long time, I struggled to get sober because I had lost all hope. I could not see the possibility of my life being okay even if I stopped using. Now, I know that anyone can get sober if they want to. My faith was restored by hearing the stories of others and having faith in a Higher Power. Even though I could not see a path, one would be made for me, and it was. Recovery has given me a life I never thought possible, and I would not trade it for anything in the world.
I am so happy and so grateful to be where I am. It’s never too late to change your life, one day at a time.
Give recovery a chance; you’ll be astounded how quickly and dramatically your life can improve.
It’s hard to say if I was genetically predisposed to addiction, but I do know that something is fundamentally different about how I process drugs and alcohol compared to other people. My using started out relatively innocent with what I consider average teenage behavior, but “normal” activities like smoking a joint or stealing a few beers from my parents had a far more detrimental effect on me than it did to my peers. Even at this age, it was clear that I wasn’t able to moderate or control my consumption of drugs and alcohol. Considering the progressive nature of the disease of addiction, it only got worse as time went on.
My own consciousness had become a prison that I could only escape by being high or asleep.
I can only imagine how it feels to have the son that you raised, fed, clothed and supported turn around and start stealing, lying and manipulating. My last day using I stood in front of my father with tears in his eyes while I handed him my used syringes and other paraphernalia. That was the day I went to detox and the first day of my life in recovery. I stuck around after going to Ambrosia’s rehab in Port St. Lucie, Florida. I live 1500 miles away from my family, but I’m closer to them than ever before. My mother tells me “I’d rather love you from Florida than mourn you in New Jersey.” Words cannot express how grateful I am to have such a loving and supportive family. It’s going to take a lifetime of amends to erase the guilt I feel for what I put them through but being clean has given me that opportunity.
As long as I stay clean, the possibilities are endless.
The beauty of recovery is that I can feel a full range of emotions and don’t need to numb myself or escape reality. No one ever promised me that recovery would be easy, but I was promised that I never have to use again as long as I put in the effort. That promise has been fulfilled. Today, I’m free from the physical, mental and spiritual bondage of addiction. When I think back to my life as an addict, recovery is paradise. I’ve never been more content and well-adjusted in my life.
My greatest accomplishment in recovery has been becoming a better person, both to myself and to my family.
It’s crazy to think how far your life can progress when you do the right thing. When I was young, one of my dreams was to travel the world. Recently, I hiked for four days through the Andes Mountains in Peru, got to see Machu Picchu and experience the beautiful volcanos, rainforests and coffee plantations in Costa Rica. Before I got clean, I could barely get out of bed. Now, I get to go anywhere and do anything I want, as long as I put my recovery first. It goes without saying that none of this would be possible if it weren’t for a program of recovery working in my life today.
Addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful, but there is always hope.
As far back as I can remember, I struggled with loneliness and a lack of self-worth. Alcoholism runs in my family yet; somehow, I never felt like I fit in. People drink and do drugs for many reasons: to change the way they feel, to cope with mental illnesses or to escape the past. But at the end of the day, there is never just one reason. My experience is the same. I can’t blame my addiction on just one thing, but I do know that the disease is not a simple lack of willpower.
The day I finally surrendered at an alcohol rehab in Florida, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. That was the day that my life changed. After years of being unavailable to my spouse and children, both emotionally and physically, I was finally ready to make a change and free myself from the slavery of denial. That single decision saved me from a lifetime of misery and unhappiness. It sounds backward, but addiction is the only fight you have to surrender to win
To me, recovery is unconditional freedom and belonging.
Getting clean and sober helped me realize that I am not a bad person. I have a disease that tells me I don’t have a disease, and it does not allow me to drink without severe consequences. Once I accepted that fact I was able to forge ahead and create a new life that is second to none.
If you go to meetings, get a sponsor and don’t pick up a drink, things will get better. Finding a support network helped me get out of my head and start to enjoy the process. Recovery isn’t always easy, but it’s simple if you follow suggestions. And like anything else, you get as much out of it as you put into it.
As long as I am vigilant about recovery, the sky is the limit.
After 26 years of continuous sobriety, I can earnestly say that my life has never been better. I get the opportunity to help people find their way to the miracle that is recovery. I am proud of the relationship that I have with my family, and I lead by the power of example.
If someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, reach out and be the helping hand that they need. Always remember that addiction has nothing to do with a lack of willpower, they are suffering from a disease that they cannot cure themselves. There is always hope, and there is always help if they choose to accept it.
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