I would like to take this opportunity to share with you on how I previously was a lost individual prior to my arrival at ASAC. I was emotionally starved, and searched to fill that void. I would lie, cheat, steal and seek out anything to feed my selfish desires. Like a hungry lion, pursuing his pray.
Before entering the ASAC treatment program I had fortunately been touched by the Lord and accepted Jesus into my heart as my savior. There still was so much confusion to why I was here. But now I am able to recognize, God placed me here for a specific reason. An essential part of this experience, I truly believe, has been the counselors in which God has placed in my path. Each and every one of you has a special gift and a unique ability which God has blessed you with. And in return have become a blessing to me.
You all have taught me many things but most essentially you have taught me to love myself for the first time in my life. You taught me to not only love myself but to love others and show women the proper respect they deserve. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways with my stay here at ASAC, but with pure sincerity I want to be humble, and earnestly say Thank You!
Time is the most precious gift in life, which one can give. And I have received so many of those gifts from each and every one of you.
I stumbled in here a lost and confused boy. And with confidence and pride I can say I’m walking out of here standing tall. Maybe not certain what the future holds. But with the tools you have equipped me with, and my faith in Christ, for the first time in my life, I’m excited for what the future holds.
An anonymous African American female in her 50’s is addicted to crack cocaine. She lived through many years of childhood abuse, but didn’t feel like this was related to her addiction. She had been in treatment many times in the past without success; relapsing multiple times after being discharged from treatment. In August 2012 she was facing significant prison time if she was not compliant with Drug Treatment Court. She felt that this was a blessing, an opportunity, and she made it clear that she was changing for herself this time and nobody else. This time was different for her; she came into ASAC’s Recovery Center with a new demeanor and ready to face the challenges. She decided that it was time to address her abuse issues and she took some huge risks by sharing her assignments in groups and allowing herself to be vulnerable, yet at the same time empowered. She successfully completed residential and begged to be able to stay for halfway house, where she remained active in her treatment, found job placement through AARP, attended meetings, and worked with her sponsor. She continued to address her issues and slowly began to develop a sense of self respect that she never thought was possible. Once she achieved 6 months of being clean and sober she decided to move back home with the support of Drug Court and ASAC. Today, she has graduated the Drug Court program, is still working her placement through AARP, attending meetings, and has over 1 year of sobriety. She comes back to ASAC to share her story with current clients, to offer hope, and to remind herself of where she came from.
Sally came to ASAC’s Recovery Center in the summer of 2012, completely deflated emotionally, spiritually, and physically. She was homeless and unemployed with no where to turn. She had lived a life of crime in order to survive and to buy her drugs. She had been beaten down in every way possible and struggled to find the courage to even live. She slowly began to get healthy physically and emotionally once she came to ASAC and even began to spiritually reconnect with some inner strength. She successfully completed residential and transferred into the halfway house program. While in that program she found a sponsor, attended meetings and gained employment. She maintained sobriety and as the weeks went by she came back to life, evident by her smile and body language. She was able to look people in the eye and communicate her needs but more importantly what she was thankful for and that was recovery from drugs and the lifestyle that almost killed her. She transitioned out of halfway house right before Christmas 2012 with 6 months clean and sober. She moved into a local transitional housing program where she continues to work and remain substance free!