We Do Recover
"Life is a journey, not a race."
I grew up as a child of an alcoholic and began drinking at the age of 14.
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 continued the drinking and used marijuana, hallucinogens, and cocaine throughout my college years. By the time I graduated, I was drinking half a handle of liquor a day. I returned home and continued to party while struggling to find a job.
I was depressed, and the alcohol and drugs weren’t strong enough anymore, so I tried heroin.
My life quickly became unmanageable. I was arrested multiple times, overdosed twice, totaled more than a couple cars and lost many, many jobs. My main priority became getting high and staying high. I went to treatment a few times but always returned home to the same environment. It never ended well.
Eventually, I realized that real recovery comes from a complete lifestyle change.
I knew I needed to get away to learn to live life sober and independently. I came to drug rehab in Florida and began taking suggestions from others. I even followed through with my aftercare plan, which included time at a halfway house and continued IOP treatment. Determined to stay sober, I went to meetings, got a sponsor and worked the 12-steps. Having this support from the recovery community changed my life.
I no longer count the days, I make the days count.
The transformation I see in myself and my circumstances blows my mind. Recovery is the best feeling I have ever had. People now want to talk to me and spend time together. No one is disappointed in me, and I am no longer disappointed in myself.
In fact, I have accomplished so much already. I am in the process of getting my Master’s degree. I have a dog, an apartment, and a career. I have repaired the damage that my drug and alcohol use caused my loved ones and am now in a meaningful, committed relationship.
Most importantly, however, my plans for the future include continuing to help the addict who still suffers. I can only keep what I have by giving it away. My goal has always been to live a “normal” life, and I can do that as long as I never go back. Giving up is not an option.
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You’re here because you know the problem is out of control. You’ve spent months if not years trying to convince yourself (and those around you) that your drug or alcohol use isn’t “that bad.”
Don’t let denial drag out the suffering. Addiction is serious. You can (and should) get help before it completely takes over your life.
Have you tried getting help before? If so, it’s time to follow the science. The most effective process involves detox, rehab and outpatient treatments.
Don’t be overwhelmed! All you have to do now is call to talk about where you’re at. You’ll take it one step at a time from there. Before you know it, you’ll be sober. You can do this!
Even if you’re feeling powerless, there’s always hope! Donny, our dedicated ARISE interventionist, can talk to you today about your options. Following his advice, three of every four people come directly to treatment.
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.
The fact is — thousands of people across the country are living sober, productive lives after their time here. You deserve the same chance.
You may worry about missing out on family or work, but the truth is you’re missing out now when your thoughts are preoccupied on your next fix or you’re too sick or high to show up.
Your job is guaranteed by law. And, your spouse, parents and kids all need you sober.
It’s normal to have tons of questions, especially about your specific situation, insurance or how it all works. Why not get your questions answered now?