Regardless of the difficulties previously experienced, if a client has hope for a better life, they have the basic tool for recovery. Hope gives you the power to get your life back free from drugs and alcohol.

Chicago Rehab Lotus Flower New Hope Recovery Center"I nearly lost everything twice, before I finally found the solution"

      I spent 18 years of my life not knowing what my purpose was or who I was - I was just living.  I surrounded myself with other people who drank and used like I did. My house was always filled with others and I was never alone.  I didn't want to be alone to deal with my own thoughts, as I felt lost, hopeless, and full of fear.  Like many, I turned to alcohol and drugs as a means to cope with the way I was feeling.  This enabled me to change into whoever others wanted me to be in order just to fit in.  I never knew how to just be myself as my addiction took me to a very dark world.  I didn't care about anything or anyone, especially myself.  I lost many things that were important to me the first being my health.  I loathed myself so much so that I didn't care what happened to me.  My family didn't want anything to do with me nor I with them. I was homeless, my car got repossessed, my credit was shot, and I had no money in the bank. I was on the verge of losing yet another job if I continued to use drugs and alcohol.  I wanted to change and discovered I had to change or else I would either die or be locked up in prison for my poor decisions.

I decided to notify my boss about my drug and alcohol problem.  We both agreed that I needed help so I made the decision to take a two-month leave of absence and put myself in rehab.  I was given two choices for treatment centers in Chicago - one was located on the Southside and the other was New Hope Recovery Center.  I thought to myself, “What a perfect name? New Hope Recovery!”  That was exactly what I had been looking for - new hope to change my life, because the way I was living by my choices wasn’t working. I attended their 6-week intensive outpatient program, and then attended aftercare treatment for 6 months.  I was so eager to learn new things about myself and began to discover things that I never knew.  It was as if I had a new pair of eyes and ears and began to see and hear everything differently.  The staff and the counselors at New Hope showed me a new way to live.  There are no words that can explain the gratitude I continue to feel towards Jeff, Mauri, Abbey, Chris, and Janette.

I began to feel more comfortable attending and sharing at meetings.  I started attending CMA (Crystal Meth Anonymous) and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings regularly.  I gladly accepted service work at meetings when I was elected, I volunteered to make coffee, cleanup after meetings – basically do whatever I had to do to stay sober.

Since I've been sober, I found an amazing sponsor who has guided me through the 12 steps and has read through the Big Book with me.  I am very fortunate to sponsor two gentlemen who I am guiding through the steps and the big book as well much as my sponsor did for me.  With the wonderful help of Jeff from New Hope I was able to start a new CMA meeting at the very place I went for help.  I am now able to give back to others who are seeking the same for their lives.  I attend school full-time pursuing a degree in interior design, I work full-time, I attend meetings regularly as well as fellowship, I take care of my body today (going to the gym is my new addiction) and I treat people the way I want to be treated.  It’s amazing what recovery can do for you if you are willing to do a little work to better your life.  I am truly grateful for the life I have today and as long as I place my recovery first in my busy life, anything is possible.