I spent most of my adulthood in and out of trouble, not being able to hold a job, and disappointing my family and friends. I can proudly say life is not like that anymore. I will be forever grateful to Living In Recovery for the stepping block they provided for me to get my life together.
I may have only been gone a couple days now but I feel the impact the LIR house has had on me. But living in the LIR house, being told to get a sponsor immediately, do my 90 and 90, having certain rules, chores, curfew, etc….it changed me. It helped me grow up basically and realize what I really am capable of. I grew mentally here more than anything else. I learned patience, sympathy, empathy, open mindedness, as well as learned about my own defects here.
What Living in Recovery has done for me is given me a better life than I could have ever imagined. It has given me a new sense of pride and a new outlook on life.
When I first came here I was skeptical of the whole program. Having been to three previous rehabs and two other sober living environments I was convinced there was no hope for me. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Living here has taught me responsibility and accountability. As I am writing this letter I have over one year sober and have completely changed my life for the better. I have been able to learn how to live.
When I first got out of Rehab, the guys in the house made me feel welcome and smothered at the same time. The let me eat their food and dragged my butt to a young peoples meeting and introduced me to a lot of the people in the fellowship. I was forced to do simple things like get a Job, go to meetings, keep the house clean, make my bed and don’t use. I had to re learn all those things that I had forgotten while I was in active addiction. It’s given me a roof over my head, some lifelong friendships and so much gratitude for the life I have today. In short Living in Recovery has done so much for myself and my life that it would take a lifetime to pay back the debt.
Living in Recovery has been everything I needed and more to get me from ‘living in misery’ to actually ‘living in recovery.’ What I mean by that is I was sober a little more than a year before I came to living in recovery voluntarily. Steve’s program, or lack there of, just wasn’t cutting it. I was sober, but miserable and had no idea why that was. Coming to LIR has showed me why I was miserable and given me many tools to continue on this path of sobriety. LIR has given me a network of friends that I can count on. I was never one to talk to anyone about my problems but I’ve made lifelong friends since I’ve been here at LIR that I can count on at anytime. That’s priceless.