Lead Treatment Assistant
Hello, my name is Rich and I am a recovering alcoholic addict. I am one of the fortunate people that has lived to tell my story. But if not for the grace of God, my support system and for working my program, I would have died. I was first introduced to alcohol when I was in middle school, but my addiction did not get severe until 1998. At the time I was married and had a daughter. I had a steady job, a house and family that I loved, but alcohol and opiates had a greater attraction at the time then those steady things in my life.
I went to treatment in 2008 for my addiction to narcotics and never turned back. It was after this treatment that I thought I could have a few drinks and enjoy them. I started drinking a couple of drinks a day always in private, but I found that I started drinking more and more and got to the point where I had to drink to just survive. I went to treatment a couple more times but eventually ended up living on the streets and lost my family, job, and home.
In 2016 my addiction got so bad that I ended up very sick and hospitalized. I had a brain stem stroke, damage to my liver and esophagus, and lost my ability to take care of my personal needs. My family was told to find convalescent care for the rest of my life. I spent a month in the hospital recovering and then through God’s grace, my health improved. I went to a recovery program. I have been sober now for 4 and a half years.
I am reunited with my family and living my best life. Sobriety has taught me who I am, where I have been and where I never want to go again.