The Healing Place

Profiles of Recovery

Mike

There are so many things that have happened to me since I've been at The Healing Place. I think the most significant is finding myself again. The Healing Place had to help bring the old Mike back out again. I think better, I’m prepared for issues better. I talk to my mother in Chicago every day.

Drugs and alcohol took that away from me. She couldn't rely on me; she went to my brother below me, that’s who she talked to. Now she calls me. I don’t have all the answers, but I've got an ear and I can listen. I have gotten so much more just in maturity, being able to deal with lifelike an adult. I've had the opportunity to have my son back in my life, my mom, my dad. Being able to be on my feet at this stage in my parents’ life is really important to me. Being able to be of help and service to them has been real rewarding. Being able to be therefor my mother, not just in a financial way, but being able to be there mentally and emotionally and to talk with her; I can talk to her at a level I've never been able to talk to her at before. That’s the miracle The Healing Place has given to me – the opportunity to live again.

Being provided the opportunity to be here at The Healing Place as a staff member has been really rewarding. I've had a great opportunity to meet some great people, both in staff and in the program. I have ten years sober. I've been at The Healing Place since 2003. I've been on staff since April 2006 and right now I’m the Continuing Care Coordinator for both the men’s and the women’s campuses.