Travis NatielloWe Do Recover

Be willing to try something different, you’re capable of much more than you think.

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 too late to turn back without help. Addiction is such a dark spot to be in. Eventually, you get to the point where you’re just stuck. You can’t live a successful life with drugs and alcohol, but without them, you cease to function and your mind and body shut down. After a while, I had destroyed any healthy relationship I had with anyone in my family. My friends didn’t want to associate with me anymore, and my love interests quickly left once they saw how much I cared for a substance and not them. Coping with an addict was unbearable for them.

Instead of living one drug at a time, I live for the day. Today is all that I have.

With the help of a South Florida rehab center and my sober friends in the 12-step fellowship, I found the key to sobriety is willingness. I am proud to say that I am happy and free from the daily prison of addiction today. Recovery is always new and exciting. Life now is beyond anything I could have ever dreamed. During my addiction, I lost all my dreams and ambitions. Now I know my possibilities are endless.

Since getting sober, I have become a productive member of society. I don’t fear much anymore because God has my back. I work in a field where I get to help others every day, and it has helped me gain a sense of freedom and serenity that I never thought was possible. I can go anywhere and do anything.

I am always learning and growing if I let myself and I keep an open mind.

The best part about sobriety is being a vessel for God’s word to others and being in a capacity to help others who struggled as I did. There is nothing better than seeing the light return to somebody’s eye after a long road of darkness. I am available to my family and others around me. I am no longer useless.

My plans are to build my life as far as it will go while helping anyone else who needs it along the way. I hope to be able to share my recovery experience in a professional setting and have a real impact on those who don’t know there is a better way to live and are struggling to stay sober. If I can get clean anyone can, but it requires serious work and desire to maintain my sobriety over anything else.

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