Addiction took over my life around 10 years ago. Alcohol became my life, my love, my best friend. It was the most important thing in the world to me. It helped numb all the realities of life–stress, anxiety, panic and worry and it was the only thing that I thought could help me cope with all of it. It was with me wherever I went, always by side until I hit rock bottom. It caused me to hurt everyone I love the most; my family, friends and my loving girlfriend. Before I hit rock bottom, all I wanted was to be normal, get married, have kids, buy a house, and have a great job. If only I could escape the obsession with alcohol.
Well, I ended up losing two jobs, and I was on the verge of losing my family and my girlfriend. I couldn’t do this anymore. I was tired, weak, sick and disgusted. I gave up and I didn’t want to live anymore. I thought alcohol had me and had won. But despite how low I felt, I somehow managed to make a phone call to my doctor. Before I knew it, I was in the hospital with a blood alcohol level so high that no one could believe I was still alive. My liver levels were very high too and, let me tell you, I was scared! My eyes were open enough that I agreed to go into a 28 day program, NOVA. My brain started to clear up there, and I got some food into my system. I then made a decision to call Samaritan’s Hand.
I moved to the Men’s Sober House at Samaritan’s Hand and this place has saved my life! It’s a faith based drug and alcohol program and I’ve never felt closer to God! We do AODA meetings, Bible studies, recovery meetings, and I have the type of accountability that I need in my life right now.
Samaritan’s Hand has opened my mind to life and God’s precious gifts. That no matter your situation, you are loved by God and he is our Almighty Savior! God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! Today I celebrate 90 days of sobriety. For a lot of people that doesn’t seem like a long time but for an addict that is amazing! I have a lot of work to do, but I know God will be by my side every day for the rest of my life! I am not doing this on my own. Jesus has overcome the world and He wants me to be an overcomer! There’s hope in Jesus and I will keep fighting!!!
We are grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of Fallooza again this year. Fallooza is a “two-day festival benefitting mental health and addiction recovery”. (Fallooza Fall Festival & Country Music). Featuring headliner John Michael Montgomery on Friday at the Stephanie Weill Center, the weekend will be packed with country music from Sheboygan to Plymouth.