After some medical issues a few years ago I became addicted to prescription pain killers. I was in a rough spot in my career and financially I had taken a hit which caused a lot stress. My drug use caused a lot of tension between my wife and I and things got to a point where saving my marriage depended on me getting clean. I went to several different NA groups and came away with the same feeling after each group – I didn’t belong there. I couldn’t bring myself to admit that I would be going to these meetings for the rest of my life and that I was in essence, “damaged goods”. So I tried to do things on my own which I knew would never work.

I continued using and trying to hide my use from my wife but things just got worse. I returned home from a business trip to discover that she had moved out and my marriage was over. This was the point that I knew I had to take charge of my life. My therapist referred me to Legacy because she knew it was different and knew I could regain my life through their program. I went in to my first group session nervous and apprehensive. I came out of that group with a huge smile on my face and wanted to tell everyone how impressed I was with the program. At that moment, I realized that I was NOT damaged and I would be able to overcome my drug issues for good. I actually looked forward to each group session and, I still go back to participate in their alternative therapy sessions.

At Legacy, I gained an understanding of why I struggled with drug addiction in the first place and was able to use that knowledge to help me stay drug free. I’ve got a great outlook on life and I’m doing better than I have in years and it’s due to the help I got at Legacy. Take my advice, if you’re struggling with drugs or alcohol, don’t put off getting help. You don’t have to feel hopeless.

Kevin, transformed addict

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