I was 20 years old when I first came to The Healing Place in October 2011. After completing the program, I went into the Peer Mentor’s office. I really didn’t want to, but there was a thing going around saying to do things you don’t want to do and that was one of the things I did not want to do. I did it and that experience has helped me gain a lot of patience and tolerance. Right now, I’m in school to be a civil engineer and working part-time. I’m going to meetings, sponsoring people, everything that my forefathers told me to do I’ve done. As a result of that, I’m still sober and doing what I need to do. I still have fun; I’m young, I’ve got to have fun. I like to show people that once you get sober, you can still have fun. A lot of people associate alcohol and drugs with fun, but you can definitely have fun without them.
Since I’m young, The Healing Place has given me hope and a new life. It’s like I’m living my second life. The Healing Place has given me my dreams back, allowing me to have the motivation and determination to achieve the goals I have for myself. There was a point where I thought I would never be able to do the things I dreamed of, but coming through The Healing Place has given me discipline, responsibility, and has allowed me to take responsibility for my actions. It has allowed my life to blossom in ways I can’t explain or even understand. I just know what I’m doing now is working for me and I’m not going to stop.
Posted on September 24, 2014
by Marla Highbaugh