My Son is Recovering From Drug Addiction

Beacon Of Light – How My Son Is Finally Recovering From Drug Addiction

After years of highs and lows, countless rehabs, hospital stays in the Psychiatric Ward, calls from the police and a failed detox (he checked himself out after one day), I was afraid I was losing my son.

It seemed that there was nothing my husband and I could do to help him as he spiraled out of control on heroin. There was nothing my son wouldn’t do to acquire his drugs. We felt lost and were afraid for him and of him.

Cheating and lying had become his way of life and he was no longer able to make good decisions. His poor choices landed him in jail and facing 8 years in Prison. Life had become a living Hell for all of us. We hired a wonderful Lawyer, who somehow, convinced the Judge to send him to New Life House for 18 months instead of Prison. We did not know at that time, that, that decision would save our son’s life.

After 9 months in jail, he came home for one night (a sleepless night for me) and then straight up to New Life House. We went through the in-take process swiftly. My son was clear headed and attentive. I remember him saying ” I won’t give you any trouble “…that’s when my tears started to flow and knew it was time to say goodbye. I had to trust that I had left him in good hands and that he would actually stay and not wind up in Prison.

It has been over 2 years since the day I dropped him off at New Life and my son is thriving. He was broken and now he is whole. He is grateful, honest, respectful of himself and others. He is happy and healthy and proud of himself.  He has a job that he loves and is making a difference in the lives of other’s.

He is a blessing to be around, our relationship was spiraling out of control and now he is the sweetest boy that I once knew again. We can stand being around each other which wasn’t the story before. We’ve grown a lot and on both of our parts have put a lot of attention towards making our relationship a strong one.

New Life’s structured 12 Step program with its dedicated, caring staff showed and taught him how to live a sober life again. New Life staff always kept us up to date on our son’s progress or would call with concerns when needed. Living somewhat local, we were able to attend Family bi-weekly meetings that kept us a part of our son’s journey, which I feel was such an important part of the healing process for us.

I thank God every day for New Life House, for our New Life families who all support each other and for being able to be a part of it all, for having the privilege to watch as the young men of the house take charge of their lives and learn to be comfortable in their own skin, for the friendships our son has made in the house and at meetings, for our wonderful Lawyer, who pointed us in the right direction and for the Judge that let him. Last but not least, I thank God for my son’s will, determination and his love.

Thank you New Life, I’m forever grateful!

Sharon B, New Life House Alumni Mother

  • Marlene
    Posted at 13:13h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations New life is just that a new life… You have a great son

  • Carole Shirreffs
    Posted at 16:44h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for sharing your story. We’ve had the pleasure of knowing your son and witnessed the amazing transformation. He is a delight and we congratulate him and your family and wish you all the best!

  • Terry G
    Posted at 20:20h, 10 August Reply

    Sharon, thank you for sharing. I hope my son can be the man your son is and I hope he is still watching over my boy.

  • Margaret Lee
    Posted at 04:28h, 11 August Reply

    That is inspiring!!! My son has just started this journey. Thank you for sharing., your story brought hope and tears of happiness to me!!

  • Jeannie
    Posted at 04:33h, 11 August Reply

    I loved reading your story and I’m so happy you have your son back

  • Caryn Burchett
    Posted at 02:05h, 13 August Reply

    New life house changed my sons life & I am
    a warrior for the program. I can’t tell enough folks what a fail proof system they have installed from beginning till after graduation.
    My son has the same story as all the boys . They really do have the same story some worse than others , but ultimately the same.
    We live in Atlanta , Ga & the heroin epidemic
    is out of control . I have another son that is
    fighting his own addiction from OxyContin.
    He is on suboxene , buying that from a friend. Just found out about this tonight.

    Hopefully we are at the end of this terrible
    Drug , that has taken so many wonderful people . Broken up family’s , I pray we are
    Done with this drug!!!

  • Gina H
    Posted at 16:26h, 17 August Reply

    I’m a broken mother of a heroin/oxymorphone addict. I’m desperately searching for help even though my son doesn’t want help. I’m so afraid of loosing him to this awful epidemic! Is there anything I can say or do to get through to him?

    Caryn you’re right. The stories are the same some worse than others. It’s such an awful life to live.

    Where is this New Life House?

    Thank you.

    • Howard Barker
      Posted at 21:46h, 17 August Reply

      Hello Gina. I am so sorry for you situation. We are located in Southern California. If you want to give us a call at 888-357-7577 we would be more than happy to help in any way we can! Many of us have been in the exact same position as your son and now enjoy beautiful, sober lives. I hope to hear from you soon!

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