Hey guys, my name is Andrew. I am a recovering alcoholic and an addict. I have an opportunity for recovery today just by living in a good manner and by making the next right choice; for a long time I didn't. I just considered using to escape everything that was inside of me. I'm down here at the HOPE center now, and they've shown me (and hopefully you) a lot of good opportunities that can lie ahead of you. I wasn't a good son, I wasn't a good brother, I wasn't a good grandson to everybody who loved me. In a short amount of time, I've realized that I can be all of that just with a little work and a little help from others. Down here at the HOPE Center there's a lot of great people that have guided me to a path of success. I have a new job, I'm making good money, you know? I'm just able to be a good worker -- to just be able to be a part of society again -- and it is possible. I never thought it was. I thought I was too far-gone, but that wasn't the case. I'm just very thankful to be here today. Whatever you're struggling with, there is an opportunity if you want to seek that. I'm sitting here before you, being living proof that I'm living a good life again. It was hard work, and it's not easy. But if you really want it, it's out there. So you should keep that in mind. Not all days are going to be sunshine and rainbows, but they give you the tools here at HOPE to cope with that and to get to the next right choice. Because that's what it is -- one right choice after the next, and not picking up a drink or a drug. And it is possible. With that said, I'm thankful to be here, and thank you for watching this and listening if you are. I've been in the shoes -- a short four months ago and I never thought I could get here today. And it is possible, it truly is. So with that said, I hope you the best.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 10:45am