I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I tried alcohol for the first time when I was 10 years old. Really didn’t have a problem with the alcohol at first. Tried pills when I was about 12, I became addicted to Valiums.
It was my way to escape the reality of what was going on at home with an alcoholic father and not having very much money. I felt awkward around people and when I was high, I felt like I could be myself.
I played sports in high school, blew my knee out and had a couple surgeries and got addicted to painkillers. I joined the military soon after to escape my problems and run away from my addiction. Or what i thought was going to allow me to run away from my addiction. While in the military, I had a couple more surgeries and was placed on pain medication and quickly became addicted to it. And then concocted a check cashing scheme to support my habit and was caught by military police and served 15 months in prison in Seattle, Washington.
I came back to Baton rouge, that’s where my family was at the time. I had a daughter, I thought that was going to change my life, and make me stop making the bad decisions I was making, and it didn’t. I eventually got to the point where I didn’t want to live anymore, my brother reached out to me who was in recovery at the time, and was able to get me into a detox, and then a 30 day facility, and then here at The Grove, and I’ve been here ever since.
The Grove has provided a family-oriented atmosphere, and allowed me to work with other alcoholics on a daily basis. The Grove means everything to me. It’s my lifeline. I don’t know if I would have been able to stay sober without the accountability of The Grove staff early on in my sobriety. The Grove is where each person gains the opportunity to learn their potential, work towards it and achieve it.