A Long Term Recovery Story from Alex
A long term recovery story
My name is Alex. I am in long term recovery, which means I have not had a drink or used any mind altering substance since January 10th 2010.
When it began
I started drinking at the age of 17. My goal in life at that point was to feel worth something, to be accepted which lead to drugs and alcohol. As a result of these behaviors, I began to lie, steal, cheat and form abusive relationships.
The first step
I checked myself into Detox at Lifeline Connections knowing full well that I was done. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have been in an in-patient treatment center and learn about my disease and a solution. The more I talk about treatment the more I realize what it has done for my recovery.
What sobriety brings
Sobriety has allowed me the amazing opportunity to see life through a clear lens. I now have the opportunity to grow and connect with so many new people in Vancouver’s amazing recovery community. One of my favorite things to do now is speak at treatment centers. It is such an honor to be able to give back what was so freely given.
Everyday there is hope
I pray every day for vision, a divine choice and an ability to filter truth. So that I may carry out God’s will. God will only do for what I cannot do for myself. He has taught me that through suffering I learn perseverance, through perseverance I develop character and through my character I achieve hope. Some days are easier than others, but what counts is that when I lay my head down at night, I know that my slate is clear.
How to get professional treatment
There are many different ways to combat substance use disorders and each person is different. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with substance use disorder please contact the professional team at Lifeline Connections. You can visit Lifelineconnections.org, our Services & Locations information or call (360) 397-8246 for more information.