Since getting sober I have started to perceive myself in a much different way in many aspects of my life. As opposed to the way I was when I was not sober, I now have a lot of hope for my life and I am taking many of my goals and aspirations seriously. When I was busy being intoxicated and doing whatever I could in order to get what I wanted, I did not feel at peace, nor did I have much self-esteem or self worth. I am now able to see things in my life in a new way, due to being absent from drugs and alcohol and being guided by the house and my brothers.
I grew up in Orange County with a good family and a great childhood. I lived next door to two guys who were older than me that used and sold drugs who had money, the nice cars and everything else. Right away the lifestyle that I saw they had was attractive to me. I chased that life that I saw them living as I got older. It didn’t take me long at all to start using drugs.
The community involved with New Life House has had a tremendous effect on my life so far in sobriety. The many people who come around the house who have already graduated, as well as all of the guys I live with, are supportive in many ways. As I have lived this way of life in the house I have met many people who I can look to for advice, as well as help in any area of my life.
It is very easy for me to understand how having a lot of structure within sober living will help me to transition to living a healthy lifestyle when I move out on my own. The first few things that come to mind is the structure of chores and arranging the things that I plan to do the following day on the evening prior. I find these two aspects of structured sober living to be very beneficial to daily life.
If it weren’t for the physical rehabilitation I acquired in primary treatment I wouldn’t be where I am today. The 30 days I spent in rehab were a great reprieve from the tribulations of daily drug use. It was like being on vacation; 30 days of healthy meals, exercise and ample free time to indulge in books, music, television and any other form of distraction I could get my hands on. It allowed me to get enough time away from drugs to know that the lifestyle of an addict is an unhappy, unhealthy existence.