The day that I arrived at ViVRE Recovery housing, was the day that my life changed forever. As a 90-Day Self Pay Client, I focused on re-integrating back into society as a drug free law abiding citizen.. This program gave me the opportunity to focus on my sobriety, housing plans and career goals. I was introduced to SMART Recovery, a science-based program built upon well-established scientific approaches and tools that use techniques from Cognitive Behavior Techniques (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET).
Before I found the ViVRE Program, I had been addicted to Methamphetamine for 14 years, I had been homeless for 6 of those years and had been eating out of trash dumpsters for food. I had given up on all hope that my life would take a different direction and that one day I would be able to walk around with my head held high, able to say that I was no longer suffering from a substance abuse disorder or a specific addictive behavior. On October 11th, 2016, I successfully completed the (90-Day Self Pay Program and was given my Certification of Completion. It was really because of their great mission and vision of empowering people and inspiring growth, along with their great belief in giving people second chances, that I was able to make a comeback.
Now, I work for the company as an Intake Coordinator and Community Relations Specialists. The greatest part of the work that I do is being able to share my story and tribulations of my life with those that are in the same situation that I had been in almost 4 years ago. I want people to know that they do not have to choose to sleep on stone pillows and that there is so much more to life out there than a life of addiction and false hope. It is such a rewarding feeling knowing that I was a part of someone’s success story. I want people to remember me and say, “Because of you and your story, I did not give up.”