Personal Stories of Recovery from JourneyPure Alumni
There's a quote by Sade Andria Zabala I found just three days into my sobriety that hit me like a ton of bricks. It says, "I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was." Read more
The first time I stepped foot in JourneyPure Emerald Coast I was sick and tired of living life the way I had been. Having burned most my bridges and having no place left to go I found myself walking into treatment. Through four months of residential treatment with the help of both the therapists and the residential staff I was able to not only escape the grip of my addiction but to rebuild myself spiritually, mentally, and physically.
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Hi, my name is Dennis and this is my recovery journey.
A Frightening Reality
My life nine years ago was unmanageable at best: my marriage was barely holding on, I had a broken relationship with my two sons, and to make matters worse I was a full blown alcoholic. Drinking was the one thing I would always run to, it was my life. ...Read more
Hi everyone, My name is Becky. I have been sober going on 4 yrs on July 5th. After a tragic car accident that left me paralyzed, a major break up, then an abusive relationship (he got me hooked) I ended up with nothing. Not even the will to get out of bed most days...I let my house, and family, and child all go for the sake of a drug people die from overdosing on. The will to live was gone.
Then God sent me an angel. A true friend to believe in me and he helped to get me out of my desperate situation. I got clean. I got my child back. I maintain a good home. (And just graduated from college with honors) I went through my court ordered drug classes and slowly learned to love me again...the road is rough and paved with obstacles everyday, but I definitely overcome! Failure isn't an option for me anymore. You just have to expect more out of yourself and learn to deal with your past. Work the program. It works, if you work it! Just like my sign says; We Overcome!!! (Everything) You can too.
Started this journey in 2011 and had a few relapses and a few rehabs.
Sober by the grace of God since January 17th 2013!
Recovery has brought me closer to God and to a group of people that I never believed I would meet. So much love in these rooms and in the recovery community! Thank god for AA! PEACE OUT TRUDGERS!
I am a grateful recovering hardcore addict with 5 years clean. I spent 16 years addicted and I was a "junkie" preferred any kind of drug you had. Interveinous coke, meth, heroin, and a lot of pills, lsd, ecstasy, etc. While incarcerated I got into fitness and Bible study. The 12 steps led me to my spiritual awakening and couldn't be more grateful today. I recently got my addiction worker degree so I am excited to give back. It's what I was born to do. It is why I am still alive and breathing. All the thanks to God!
I had about 20 years of some kind of mind altering substance. With the last 10 of those years of heavy meth use. As the saying goes i used to live and lived to use. Meth took all i had. I was a lost soul in a very dark world. I became homeless with a girlfriend and a 6 year old daughter. Both of us addicted to meth. Sleeping in relative's garages. Dealer's houses to stay close to the drug.
Then one day while smoking meth we were watching that show intervention and my girlfriend turned to me and said I wish someone would hand us rehab. Well I guess whoever is up in the heaven's heard her. And the next night the house was raided. Our daughter taken and we were arrested. A few weeks in jail. I got out before her and was giving the blessing of my life. Rehab. A year parenting.
I love that rehab and all who were involved in my recovery. I became client of the year. I have never been anything of the year. I did another 90 day outpatient program once I coined out of rehab. Numerous counseling classes as well. Took me 18 months to get my daughter back my life is so much better now. Thanks to NA and a great support system I have 5years and 6 months clean today. If I can do it you can too. Never give up.
My name is tara I'm 27 and I'm an addict. My drug of choice was heroin and my clean date is 12/1/12. This is my story.
My whole life growing up I never quite felt like I fit in I always felt that there was something different about me but I never knew what it was until I started using drugs. My first time trying Heroin I felt like I could finally breathe I felt like all the weight was lifted off my shoulders and that I finally figured out what was missing in my life. I finally felt like I fit in but that was all just an illusion that the addict in me created.
My life went downhill very fast my addiction took away everything in my life. I lost everything not just monetary things but my friends and most importantly my family. I became a whole different person I was a manipulative lying horrible shell of a person. I was homeless because I chose to rather do drugs then be clean and go home.
My family put me in rehabs many times but it never worked because I wasn't ready. For an addict or alcoholic to get clean they have to want it for themselves they have to be completely committed and want it with every ounce of there being.
I lost many friends to addiction including my two best friends I even overdosed once and almost died but that still wasn't enough to quit until December 1, 2012 I became very sick and went to the hospital that's the last thing I remember until a couple months later. My body had been in septic shock and my organs were failing and I was in a coma on a respirator and life-support the doctor said I had a 5% chance of living. Somehow I lived and I made it through this and I know that I was meant to live for a reason.
My goal in life now is to break the stigma of addiction and help people understand that this is a disease it's not a matter of willpower and we addicts are not bad people we are good people with a bad disease. I'm going to school to be a drug and alcohol counselor and even if I only save one life my life will be complete. I just want people to know that there is hope and that we are not all lost causes all we have to do is want it badly enough and we can be back to living a normal wonderful life even better than before 👊❤️
I had only started using drugs 4 years before I got into recovery but my life had completely spiraled. The first time I used I cried because I knew what was going to happen but it felt better than the pain I had been living with. I felt empty most days. I felt alone. And I felt anxious. I wanted to be normal again.
Today my life in recovery is filled with support professionals and real friends. I think what I missed most was my ability to laugh. I don't know how it happened exactly but I know I didn't do it by myself. Not only am I sober and in recovery from depression, anxiety and a bi-polar disorder, I can laugh again and I feel alive inside. That means a lot to this girl.
I began drinking as young teen. When I found alcohol I found what I had been looking for my whole life. I wasn't the tallest, smartest, best looking, or the best at sports. Alcohol immediately became my "thing." It was how I identified my self, related to others, socialized, let go, and found me. I instantly made a deep and personal commitment to alcohol and I knew that we would have a long relationship. As I became older the consequences of alcohol increased and my benefits reduced. I began to look for something else.
It didn't take me long to find marijuana, xanax, opiates, heroin, designer drugs, and absolutely anything else that would give me the feeling like I had when I first found alcohol. Despite consequences continuing to increase I could not let go of alcohol/drugs and especially the identity I had created for myself. I truly felt my identity was all I had, all I was good for, and if I let it go I would be left with nothing. I knew I was an alcoholic and an addict for years, I just didn't care and definately didn't know another way.
After some serious legal consequences and the real possiblity of prison I gave recovery a shot at age 26.
I had no desire to quit doing anything but I was convinced that prison wasn't for me. I began to create new groups of friends, in recovery and outside. My self-esteem began to increase as I particpated in esteemable things. I returned to college, graduated, went to grad school, and on for a PhD. I stayed sober despite losing jobs, relationships, and even close friends. I made a commitment to stay in recovery and move forward no matter what. I'm overcoming addiction, and you can too; together 'We Overcome.