Getting Sober at a Young Age

Getting Sober at a Young Age

by Jared K.

Prior to entering New Life House, I would’ve never thought I would be able to say, “I got sober at 18.” New Life House didn’t only teach me the skills necessary to succeed in my life, but helped me build a foundation with a sober group of guys that I could relate with. Without sober friends, I don’t think I would’ve been able to do this.

I grew up in San Diego, Del Mar to be exact. I have an amazing caring and supportive family that gave me all the encouragement in the world to pursue my dreams and achieve my goals. Del Mar is a beautiful city in San Diego County.

I got introduced to drugs in high school. My drug addiction quickly began to progress after that. I went to Torrey Pines High School, a local high school most everyone attends from Del Mar. Again, a beautiful school with great teachers and staff. Through a series of acquaintances, I ended up connecting with some other students that used and drank. I had no idea that smoking pot after school would quickly take a toll on me. Before I knew it, I was hooked on prescription drugs and shortly after that, heroine. Heroine was a cheaper and more effective alternative to prescription meds. At that point, I was totally powerless to help myself. Using became the priority and the necessity of my life.

Leaving Del Mar and coming to New Life House was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I had no idea what to expect when I first entered New Life House. What I did know was that I wanted something different than I had. Upon my first step in the door, guys my age surrounded me and took an actual interest in my life.

For a sober living, New Life House sure didn’t feel like it. It felt more like a family and the house became a home. At New Life House, everyone worked together to support each other in their recovery. I developed strong relationships with other guys my age; guys that I could relate to and had the same experiences as me. More importantly, we had fun together and without even noticing it, I had a sober support system. I was a part of a recovery community.

Having a sober support system was crucial for me. I couldn’t imagine what it would’ve been like without having the support I received at New Life House. The guys that I went through the house with are still close friends of mine. We go to meetings, come by New Life house and have fun in sobriety. I’m very grateful for the life I have today. I don’t know where I’d be without the support from New Life House and sober community I get to be a part of.

-Jared K.

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