Purpose Of My Past: How My Own Recovery Allows Me To Help Others Find Their Own

Purpose Of My Past | Transcend Recovery Community

One question I am asked a lot is, “Why do you work in drug and alcohol treatment, how can you deal with all of the despair and hear all of those sad stories all the time?”  The truth is that I can honestly relate to the people on the other end of the line. I have been struggling with substance abuse since the age of 12. I dropped out of middle school and was in trouble constantly. As an adult I couldn’t go a day without drinking or doing drugs. I have been homeless more times than I can count.  One question I am asked a lot is, “Why do you work in drug and alcohol treatment, how can you deal with all of the despair and hear all of those sad stories all the time?”  The truth is that I can honestly relate to the people on the other end of the line. I have been struggling with substance abuse since the age of 12. I dropped out of middle school and was in trouble constantly. As an adult I couldn’t go a day without drinking or doing drugs. I have been homeless more times than I can count.

I began my journey in recovery at the age of 18. I spent years on and off the wagon. Three rehabs and a handful of sober livings served only as places to clean up and get ready for my next run. In retrospect, this wasn’t my intention, but if I am not doing the work necessary to progress in life, it is just a matter of time until I drink again. The last drinking spree I had lasted eight months. A few weeks before that relapse, I had just celebrated 2 years sober. In all honesty, my initial first drink was by mistake – I was poured an alcoholic beverage, and before I knew it, I had swallowed a mouthful. To be clear that wasn’t the relapse. I could have called my sponsor or another friend in recovery, but instead I decided that this mistake was a good enough reason to throw everything away and continue to drink. Eight months later I was homeless and begging a friend to let me into his rehab.

I had nothing, I was ashamed of myself and out of options. What a blessing my desperation turned out to be. I was asked if I was willing to do whatever it took to stay sober and I honestly answered, yes.

From that day forward I have done a tremendous amount of work on myself to get and stay sober. I took all the crazy suggestions I was given. The result is not only that I am sober today, but I am happy and content with the life I have. Moreover, I have realized that I have a lot to offer others. Working on the admissions team at Transcend Recovery Community allows me to connect with individuals when they are their most raw and vulnerable selves. It is an honor to provide support, comfort, and direction for people who have found the strength to ask for help, who have realized that their lives have become unmanageable and are reaching out for help.

Working in treatment can be tough sometimes. Talking to desperate families and seeing the disease of addiction tear through countless lives is heartbreaking to say the least. The joy I feel when I get to witness someone surrender to our help and take the action necessary to begin the road to recovery makes it all worth it. To know that I have had a hand in helping someone transform their life and find meaning and purpose in recovery, is all the motivation I need to keep answering the calls. The truth is that I am blessed to be in such a position, I have a debt to pay back to all the people that have helped me and made it possible for me to stand on my own two feet a sober man today.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction feel free to reach out to me or anyone here at the Transcend community, we are here to help.