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We Do Recover

A movement to save lives by ending the stigma of addiction and addiction treatment because 24 million Americans struggle with drugs or alcohol and only 2 million seek treatment.

Stories of Hope

Spreading inspirational proof that addicts can recover, with a $500 college scholarship prize. We are everywhere, doing amazing things.

Advocacy Partnerships

Offering materials, professional guidance and monetary donations to well-aligned advocacy groups that educate community-by-community.

Outreach Programs

Engaging corporations, unions, hospitals and pro sports teams to take action through comprehensive, specifically-tailored programs.

Support Events & Helpline

Hosting regular events for those in recovery or their loved ones to get support and build community, as well as a nationwide, FREE 24/7 Recovery Helpline.

Research

Collaborating with other prestigious organizations like Rutgers University to benchmark the stigma and improve treatment effectiveness.

Celebrity Involvement

Partnering with influencers like pro football Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter for press and speaking engagements to spread greater awareness and education.

Sober: September 21, 1990

Cris Carter

 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...

Jennifer’s Story

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...

Stephanie Morcom

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....

Andrew Gallagher

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...

Daughter Sober: June 25, 2018

Susan Pearce

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...

Sober: July 12, 2008

Jacqueline Tobias

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...

Sober: September 23, 2011

Jennifer Cleveland

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...

Sober: November 4, 2017

Nick Williams

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...

Sober: May 1, 2016

Benjamin Geigus

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...

Sober: October 23, 2013

Sivia Franko

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...

Sober: April 16, 2014

Pat Fay

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...

Sober: January 22, 1992

Lawrence Traynor

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...

Sober: March 23, 2017

Patrick Spross

When I started drinking on the corner as a kid, I had no idea where my addiction would eventually take me. A couple of years later and I would be selling drugs on that same corner. The progression of this disease catches up with you before you have any idea what is happening. Eventually, opiates and prescription drugs took over...

Daughter Sober October 28, 2011

Michele Schreck

My daughter’s addiction started with alcohol and eventually progressed to opiates, like so many do. We tried to hide it for a long time which put so much stress on our family relationships. After a while, unimaginable things started to happen. She was stealing, getting into car accidents, and getting in trouble with the law. It was awful watching my...

Brother Sober: August 8, 2016

Devyn Taylor

I didn’t even know what was happening to him until it was too late. I noticed that his actions were different, but I couldn’t figure out why. I was constantly worrying about him. Late at night, when I would hear the garage door open, I would sigh in relief because then I knew he was home safe. My brother’s addiction...

Child Sober: September 4, 2015

Melisa Grace Harrison

My daughter’s addiction started with prescription narcotics. As a young girl, she was sick often, and she was prescribed medication that eventually lead to her addiction. Once she graduated to heroin, things really got out of control. Heroin seemed so bad to me. I didn’t know how heroin looked or anyone that had ever tried it. Drugs robbed my daughter...

Sober: October 28, 2011

Lauren Schreck

https://www.youtube.com/embed/PLIR9Qx-kM0 My addiction started when I was around 12 years old. I felt so different than my peers. Whether that was true or not, that was my reality. Everyone else seemed so sure of themselves and put together. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. I realized that if I experiment with drugs and alcohol, my classmates and...

Sober: March 22, 2016

Bill Scannell

I started drinking recreationally, but I quickly lost the power to control myself. I was angry and irritable constantly, and it tore me up to have to watch my family go through the pain of living with an addict. I put my family in danger many times over the years and caused more emotional pain than I could fathom. Despite...

Sober: May 11, 2012

Erik Hurvitz

https://www.youtube.com/embed/T9rzot84XVc Imagine waking up every morning with the worst flu you've ever had in your life, compounded by crippling depression brought on by out-of-whack brain chemistry and the only way you know to temporarily make it better is to hurt the people you love most by stealing, manipulating and lying. Active addiction brings you to places that you don't want...

Sober: August 19, 2009

Jennie A.

I was 12 years old when I had my first taste of alcohol. I snuck a bottle of Old Grand Dad out of the house to bring sledding with friends on a cold winter's day. All I wanted was to fit in. I remember how it burned my throat and, while I didn't like the taste, I loved the effect....

Sober: March 1, 2009

John Beliveau

By the time I set out on my journey of recovery, my life had spiraled out of control. I knew if I didn’t act soon, death would surely be knocking on my door. My life changed dramatically as soon as I swallowed my pride and reached out for help. My addiction stemmed from using alcohol to deal with my obsessive-compulsive...

Sober: February 2, 2009

Peter Hayes

From an early age, I was in search of a means to be comfortable in my own skin. My first encounter with alcohol made me confident and able to speak freely. Even though I became sick from the alcohol, I could not wait to do it again. I drank every day in high school. From then on, the older I...

Sober: November 20, 1999

Alex Santana

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, I was forced into a family rife with alcoholism, addiction and physical abuse. By my ninth birthday, I felt the only way to survive was to begin my own journey of chemical dependency, and I spent the next five years intent on disconnecting from the world with drugs and alcohol. In my addiction,...

Sober: February 6, 2011

Ashlee Petersen

On the outside, I had it made. By 18 years old I was a successful makeup artist in Hollywood, working with famous clients on massive projects within the industry. I even won two Emmy’s for my work. But, behind closed doors, I was addicted to opiates. There was so much stigma in the industry about addiction that I knew if...

Sober: August 29, 2016

Brian Sullivan

My addiction started because I felt like I could be anyone or do anything when I was high. I finally felt comfortable, and I had never felt comfortable before. I started with smoking weed, and eventually graduated to opiates. As soon as I picked up harder drugs, my disease progressed before I knew what was happening. My typical day consisted...

Sober: January 20, 2015

Travis Natiello

My drug use started out like everyone else’s. At first, it was fun, and I felt like I had everything under control. Of course, it progressively got worse as I spiraled into full-blown addiction. The second I took that first drug I instantly loved the effect it had on me. Before long, I had lost complete control, and it was...

Sober: July 17, 2013

Joseph Ashdale

My journey in recovery began by doing what others who came before me suggested. I had to smash the idea that I could control drugs and alcohol instead of them controlling me. Heroin and alcohol turned me into an entirely different person. My life was true misery, and I felt like I was merely existing until my next fix. For...

Sober: March 7, 2014

Gary Wilson

My life as a child was not one you would call very stable. My household was very tense as a kid. I moved around a lot growing up, never staying in the same school very long. There was a lot of screaming and yelling at home, as well as physical and verbal abuse. When I was six years old, I...

Sober: March 27, 2016

Bryan Meyer

My addiction started at a very young age. I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. I was prescribed Xanax by my doctor to treat these diagnoses. I thought no harm could be done if this medication came from a doctor. But from then on, something within me changed. These pills sparked a monster in me, and I...

Sober: January 5, 2011

Tyler Auck

My father struggled with this disease, eventually dying an early death. While I knew I had addiction in my veins, I was convinced I would never turn out like him. The first time I tried alcohol, I was 14 years old. From that moment on, I was a full-blown addict. I had no sense of moderation because I never did...

Sober: May 3, 2013

Jonelle Asenato

I’ll never forget my last day in active addiction. I found myself outside of a motel, sitting inside a truck that didn’t belong to me. I had been living in that truck for quite some time. I was waiting on a random guy while he was robbing a convenience store down the street. That night, I made a call to...

Sober: March 7, 2005

Matthew Rathgeb

Growing up, I always wanted to both fit in and stand out among my peers. I spent my childhood tagging along with the neighborhood kids, trying to feel part of something larger than myself. The first time I got drunk, I was only ten years old. It was the best night of my life up to that point. Four years...

Sober: September 2, 2013

Brandon Griffin

I started drinking at 12 years old. Although none of my relatives were alcoholics, the first sip of booze changed my personality. I had goals of being successful in everything I did and alcohol helped. The buzz gave me confidence and courage. I wanted to feel that way all the time. When I began hanging out with my older brother's...

Sober: October 7, 2006

Joseph Groves

Being young and insecure, it was easy for me to start using. Drugs were available, and I was curious. Though, peer pressure probably was a factor too. Everyone knows drugs are bad, but I didn't put much thought into the decision. However, what began as a way to have fun quickly became total entrapment. In my addiction, I felt completely...

Sober: May 9, 2015

Angie Palamara

By 15, I was using hallucinogens and by 16, cocaine. In fact, I celebrated my 16th birthday going outpatient treatment for my drug use. However, it would be years until any treatment would be effective. At the time, I was still a child and wanted to continue my partying lifestyle. I was popular — the life of the party. I...

Sober: August 28, 2014

Tyler Kruse

Life is a journey, not a race. My alcoholism started out as recreational drinking that eventually developed into more. All the while, I functioned at a normal level. I never had trouble with the law. I graduated college. I even had a career and financed my own apartment and car. Everything looked good and stable on the outside, but internally...

Sober: December 8, 2013

Whitney’s Story

It all started with a drink when I was 14. Though my using progressed all throughout high school, I managed to keep my jobs, graduate and even start college. However, the facade faded quickly. Before I knew it, I was no longer employed, failing out of college and losing my apartment. For the next three years, I relentlessly tried to...

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Get a $500 Scholarship

Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

Have you been affected by drug addiction or alcoholism looking to better yourself by continuing your education?

Share a positive story of your recovery or the recovery of your loved one. Your story will be featured like the ones above, so use those as an example, but be unique and creative.

Then, share on social media! The winner will be selected July 31, 2017, based on the most shares on Facebook or Linkedin.

  • 1,000 word written story
  • 1-2.5 minute video
  • 2+ images of yourself

Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 attending college in the fall of 2017, including both undergraduate and advanced degrees. By submitting your story, you agree to the scholarship terms.

Be Involved in the Outreach

It's important to meet people where they're at, but not leave them where they're at.

Sign Up Your Organization

By helping spread the recovery stories of sports heroes and successful business people, you help society see addiction for what it is — a disease that can and does happen to anyone (like any other disease). If you take the shame out of seeking help for addiction and provide appropriate resources, you will save lives.


Whether you're a CEO, HR rep, union leader, hospital director or journalist, anyone can start the conversation and ensure everyone knows what to if they are suffering in silence or sees someone else suffering from addiction.

Corporate Engagement Program

More details on the hospital, union & pro sports programs coming soon.
For media or to get in early, contact us.

Get Real Support

Addiction can feel isolating for both the individual and their loved one. In reality, as much as 10% of the population is living in recovery. Forming meaningful relationships with those that can personally understand the situation has a dramatic impact.


FL meetings for those in recovery • weekly

NJ meetings for those in recovery • monthly

FL "Recovery Fun" events • monthly

NJ "Recovery Fun" events • quarterly

NJ support group for families • weekly


For more info or 24/7 personal support:

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Stay Educated on the Research

Behind the statistics are real people. Each story matters. Combined, they highlight the severity of the issue and the dire need for urgent action.


Through our partnership with Rutgers University, we are finding practical ways to move the entire industry toward a higher-level of more effective care. By keeping a pulse of the stigma in the U. S. through independent surveys and analysis, we can measure the impact of each effort.

Percent of Americans Struggling with Addiction

10%

Percent of Addicts that Don't Seek Help

89%

Percent Increase in Substance Abuse Deaths

400%

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It's already hard fighting the physical and mental dependency of addiction. Why do we put another social barrier to getting help? I'm partnered with Ambrosia because this is a life or death issue.
Cris Carter
Pro Hall-of-Fame Receiver
Research tells us that addiction is a disease with genetic, biological and environmental causes. However, rather than treating it as a disease, society treats addiction as a moral failure. That needs to change. Instead, we all need to become advocates for treatment. As the We Do Recover movement shows, there's no shame in asking for help.
Jimbo Fisher
FSU Football Coach
Addiction is all around us. We cannot continue to ignore that people are struggling, not just with drugs and alcohol, but with the image that comes to mind when many hear the word "addict." I support Ambrosia's movement to make a real change.
John Calipari
UK Basketball Coach

Scholarship Terms

The undersigned, (“Releasor”) hereby grants Ambrosia Treatment Center (“Ambrosia”), its subsidiaries, affiliates, sister companies and their affiliates and subsidiaries, present and prospective franchisees, assignees and successors (each a “Related Entity”), the absolute and irrevocable right and permission to photograph, film, videotape and or through any other form of media, record and/or use his/her name, likeness, photographs and/or voice reproductions by in all forms of advertising and sales promotion including, without limitation, television and radio advertising, print media, electronic or online marketing, other advertising, sales brochures, catalogues and other sales and promotional materials that may be used to promote Ambrosia’s or a Related Entity’s business as well as by any person, entity or other third party acting under Ambrosia or a Related Entity’s permission or authority with whom such party has agreed provide media for promotional purposes.

Releasor hereby waives the right to inspect or approve the finished likeness, photographs and voice reproductions that may be used by Ambrosia or a Related Entity hereunder. Releasor also acknowledges that all such likeness, photographs and voice reproductions shall be the sole and absolute property of Ambrosia and Releasor shall have no property rights therein.

Releasor further attests that (i) all comments and narratives provided by him/her to Ambrosia are factual and depict actual events that have taken place in his/her life and (ii) Ambrosia has not scripted or altered his/her testimonial in any way, if applicable. In the event at any time there is a change in the aforementioned attestations Releasor will immediately notify Ambrosia.

Releasor represents and warrants that he/she has the right to grant Ambrosia the above-mentioned rights without obtaining the permission of, or making payments to, any third party or entity. This authorization and release shall inure to the benefit of the legal representatives, licensees and assigns of Ambrosia. Releasor hereby releases Ambrosia and it’s Related Entities from, and covenants not to sue Ambrosia or any Related Entity for, any claim or cause of action, whether known or unknown, for libel, slander, invasion of right of privacy, publicity or personality, or any other claim or cause of action, based upon or relating to the use of Releasor’s name, likeness, photograph or voice reproduction or the exercise of any of the rights referred to herein. Releasor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Ambrosia and its Related Entities and any person claiming under Ambrosia or a Related Entity, and the officers, directors, shareholders and employees thereof, from and against any liabilities, losses, claims, demands, costs (including without limitation attorneys' fees) and expenses arising in connection with any breach or alleged breach by me of any of the above representations, warranties or agreement hereunder.

This release will inure to the benefit of and will be binding upon Releasor’s respective affiliates, successors, licensees, assigns, heirs and representatives.

Releasor affirms that he/she is at least eighteen (18) years of age or older, and competent to sign this Release on his/her own behalf. If Releasor is a minor or lacks capacity in the jurisdiction of residence, parent warrants and represents that parent is the legal guardian of Releasor and has the full legal capacity to execute this Release on Releasor’s behalf.

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Feelings of doubt and helplessness are part of addiction, but you can find hope here. Our treatment is backed by research partnerships with two universities and hundreds of online reviews. From the Washington Post to CNN to Vice News, our expertise is trusted by the top news sources, as well as professional athletes.

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