Chicago Drug Rehab Treatment CenterWhen I first got to New Hope Recovery Center, I was no stranger to treatment. I had several attempts with inpatient treatment centers and detox units. At the time I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to be sober, I know I needed to be though. New Hope Recovery Center is where I learned “to want it.” At only 21 years old I was a daily heroin user and an alcoholic, I was not hirable and had burned up all but a few bridges with my family and friends. I sometimes struggle to believe how far I have come. My first 28 days at New Hope were filled with many ups and downs and a myriad of emotions - anger, sadness, loneliness, remorse; but it was during this time and through dealing with these emotions, I was able to see the consequences of my addiction to the fullest and begin to recover.  At the time, my family wanted little to do with me, but after several family sessions with my counselor I slowly began to rebuild the trust that I had lost. Most importantly for the first time in my life, I was starting to fully understand WHY I couldn’t use instead of concentrating on how I couldn’t use.

I remember my first day at New Hope and how bad I couldn’t wait for it to be over. However, by my 28th day, I was signed up for their Intensive Outpatient program and had agreed to stay in their sober living. During this time I attended AA meetings, worked with a sponsor and continued to utilize the treatment team at New Hope. New Hope’s unique way of Residential Treatment was exactly what I needed. I was living in a structured environment and attending treatment daily, but I was also able to go to outside meetings, find a sponsor and fellowship with others in recovery. It was during this time that I learned to want recovery.

After almost five months of treatment, I left New Hope Recovery Center and have been sober since, though sometimes I feel like I never really left. I stayed involved in aftercare and became a volunteer, chairing 12-Step meetings and sponsoring men in treatment. During this time, New Hope was still helping me stay sober just as much as when I was in the program. My life is filled with gifts today, all of them because of my sobriety. This month I celebrated 3 years of sobriety, I went back to school got a degree, and have been employed since. We learn in AA that nothing happens by chance, and I truly believe that ending up at New Hope Recovery Center did not happen by chance.