I was addicted to drugs for ten years and was in jail multiples times. My last time on probation, I got a new charge and was recommended for long-term treatment. I wanted to stay close to my family, so someone told me about Program Living at Hope House.
I had some health issues in 2016 when I first applied to the program, and I knew then that I needed to change so I could be there for my family and goddaughter. I had not been to church since I was a child, so I came in open-minded but unsure.
I’ve been clean for a year and two months now, and in Program Living since January. I don’t have the desire to get high anymore, which helps me stay focused on God and growing closer to him. The way I act now has changed, and when I’m having a bad day, I’ve learned to step back and examine my heart to see what’s really going on. I’m proud of the person I’m becoming.
I’m looking forward to giving back to Hope House, maybe working part-time. I know a lot of incoming Program Living men don’t have families close by, so I want to be there for them.