I lived in active addiction for 12+ years, starting off with smoking weed and drinking, and through the years found heroin, benzos, and methamphetamine. Initially. I started using because I liked the effect produced. What I also found is that it made it easy to cope with the hard time’s life sometimes throws at us. I was able to stay numb and live under the delusion that I was happy and free. Somewhere in my late teens/early twenties, I crossed an invisible line to which I could not come back from.
Drinking and using became a necessity. It was no longer a desire or a want.
In my mid-twenties I entered a detox facility. This experience was nothing but a short break. When everything finally came to a head in 2013, I entered my first treatment center. I was introduced to acupuncture, massage therapy, steps 1,2 and 3, psychiatry, and art therapy. In hindsight, it is no wonder why I didn’t stay sober. I went to a few more treatment centers after this, inevitably ending up relapsing. Time after time. After a handful of treatment centers, sober livings, and aftercare programs I somehow ended up flying from California to Texas, coming off one of the worst runs I have ever had. I had no idea that the place I was going would be the place that ended up saving my life.
Origins is a place I hold dear to my heart. It was the first treatment center that provided a solution to my problem.
I was taught that drugs and alcohol were a symptom of a bigger problem, my internal condition. It was there where I was finally taken through all 12 steps thoroughly. I was able to delve into each step and really gain the knowledge one needs to get sober and stay sober. It was here where I learned about the importance of spirituality, what step one really means, how to do a proper 5th step, how to facilitate a 5th step, how to sponsor, the list of the knowledge and tools I gained is endless. I am forever grateful for my experience here. Another important note to add is that I am a repeat offender at ORC. I had a step one problem with leaving the first time and was welcomed back for a second stay with open arms and zero judgments. The date was July 8th, 2016.
I am now a grateful recovered addict and alcoholic.
I say this because God has now afforded me the opportunity to help others who are struggling. God is the reason I am sober today; however, it was Origins that provided me with the platform I needed to take the right steps toward true freedom and happiness.
For me when I think of Origins, the feelings that come up are love, passion, comradery, and friendship. I owe it all to God and to Origins, and I am forever grateful.
-Frank S., Origins Recovery Centers’ alum