The Difference It Makes
Very often someone in the throes of drug addiction will consider getting treatment for a moment, then think “What difference does it make?” First of all, consider the alternative – sticking with drug abuse. How’s that working out for you?
Of course, we want more for our clients than that smart-aleck phrase. Sometimes the most eloquent argument for substance abuse treatment is from someone who’s made it through that struggle. From an alumni:
I am 27 years old and I am recovering from a heroin, cocaine, and xanax addiction. My sobriety date is 11/04/12. Growing up I never felt a part of, or comfortable in my own skin. I found a solution to that early on in drugs. It was fun at first but then it got bad, really bad. I was in 12 treatment centers before Transformations, and I never put in the work to maintain sobriety and always went back to what I knew, drugs.
By the grace of God I made it to Transformations after a bad overdose, and this time I was ready to be done. I was ready and willing to put in the work to maintain sobriety. In Transformations I was not the model client but this time I realized I didn’t have all the answers and started to listen. I don’t know when, where, or how things clicked but they did and I started taking suggestions.
I stayed in Transformations for almost 60 days, went to a halfway house and stayed there for 9 months. I got a sponsor IMMEDIATELY out of treatment and jumped right into step work because that was what I was told was the solution by people I trusted and respected in recovery. I didn’t work the steps perfectly but I didn’t pick up under any and all circumstances.
As a result of working the steps I found a higher power that I call God, and began to rely on him. Since getting sober my life has become much better than anything I could have ever imagined. I have people in my life who I can call at anytime day or night that will be there for me no matter what.
My life in sobriety has not been perfect, in fact it has been anything but that. I have experienced and dealt with pain, grief, loss, happiness, sadness, ups, and downs, and remained sober. I love my life today and would not give it up for anything. It’s not perfect but it’s mine and I am grateful for everything and everyone in my life today. God has truly blessed me and I will continue to put in the foot work to maintain those blessings. Remember, without negatives we can never truly appreciate the positives in life.
If you think that continuing to abuse drugs is what you want to do, go back and read Shawn’s story. His journey should be instructive.