Success Stories: “I Finally Found My Solution”
“When celebrating with friends in 2006 at a party, I started using powder cocaine. In January of 2007 I had to have a surgery, which became my excuse: I used cocaine to alleviate the pain I was experiencing from fibroid tumors. I then began to experience the legal consequences of my actions, and I was put on probation for three years. Because I had never worried about finances in the past, I had always been able to pay my way out of trouble by keeping a lawyer on retainer. But this time, all my resources were gone, and I was both unemployed and unemployable as a realtor and small business owner.
“On top of all this, the toxic relationship I had been in for the past 14 years was out of control. I snapped, and tried to kill my then boyfriend. I could not understand what was happening with my life, and the only way I knew how to cope was to use. So I continued my affair with wine and powder cocaine daily, mixed with prescription pain pills. I would leave probation and call my dealer just to cope, I would still see my spiritual director. Finally, that director told me that I could not see her until I tried a Twelve Step program. I was not that bad off, I thought; this was not an option for me. The court ordered me to enroll in an intensive outpatient treatment program at Right Step. Again, I played the role, got my certificates, and continued to spiral out of control. But I could no longer continue to live.
“On the morning of February 2, 2009, I called Right Step and checked in, thinking again only to be free from cocaine. I still did not think I had a problem with alcohol.
“The staff, counselor, residential techs, treatment plan, and exposure to AA really made an impact on my life. My previous stays in treatment facilities never suggested that I had to work on my physical, emotional, and mental health. With the compassion of the counselors and techs, as well as administrative staff and the materials provided, I had finally found my solution. During my stay in treatment, I joined the active alumni group, doing things I had never done before: bowling, playing softball, dancing, things that showed me that being sober isn’t boring.
“I joined this group immediately after completing residential treatment. It has been a vital part of my recovery. I needed the nurturing, compassion, and understanding of my peers. I attending meetings on a regular basis, have a sponsor, work the steps, and apply those principles to my daily life. I am thankful for all that Right Step offered, and I have formed wonderful friendships and developed tools that have enabled me to adjust to living [sober].
“I am off probation. I continue to volunteer with alumni at Right Step and give back by interacting with and encouraging clients, as well as working to attract others to live a sober life that offers support, fellowship, and fun.”
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By George Joseph