Voices for Recovery
I started drinking and using drugs the summer between the 7th and 8th grade. It started off as recreational and as a way to 'fit in'. It quickly become a daily habit and seemed to be part of my identity. I quickly begin selling drugs to support my habit and started suffering consequences from my actions. I have tried a variety of ways to control and enjoy my drinking and drugging. I enlisted in the military to get new surroundings. I quickly realized I took the problem with me. After being discharged for positive drug test, I returned home and quickly found myself in trouble with the law. I was arrested twice in a two week period for two DUIs and several felony drug and gun charges. I was sentenced to two years. After serving about a year, I was released and returned to Kentucky and within a short time was arrested again for drug trafficking. I did a year in prison and made my first attempt at sobriety. This was somewhat short lived. I struggled off and on over the next 8-10 years to stay sober and stay out of jail. A brief period around the age 30, I maintained almost a year of sobriety through a 12 step program. Because of not staying active in recovery, I relapsed again. The next 5 years were very dark and insane. I lived on the run from charges across the country. Once I was finally caught, I had managed to rack up over a dozen felonies in three different states. Alot of this is a blur due to chronic alcohol and crack cocaine use. On April 27, 2005, I landed in another 12 step meeting. That is my sobriety date. During the past five years, I have been extremely blessed. I decided about four years ago to turn the 2nd and 3rd floor of a building I owned into a place for men to come and stay if they wanted to try to get sober. I formed a 501c3 and hung some flyers around the local club houses and detoxs. As time passed, the word spread and we began to slowly grow. The following year, I was able to open two more houses--one for men and one for women. Through a series of events, we have been able to open a total of six houses with almost 90 beds. Sober Living, Inc. has been a true blessing in my life and, I believe, has been able to help many people who just need somewhere safe so they could get their lives' back on track. I just celebrated five years of continous sobriety and can't begin tell you how incredible my life has become. I only hope I can give someone else hope in the fact that if they don't want to live the way they have been living, they don't have to.