Andrew Shares His Story

Andrew Shares His Story


My name is Andrew Nias [SP], I’m 28 years
old and I am the training director at a tech support company here in Palm Beach County.
My clean date is April 11, 2011. I begin drinking and smoking at a young age probably when I
was about 16 and I continued to experiment with other drugs and alcohol throughout my
early 20s. Basically when my addiction really took off or it really took a turn for the
worst is when I experience the freedom at college. It was a mixture of alcohol, drugs
and all kinds of stuff put together. Soon after I made some wrong choices in college,
I got actually kicked out of the school, moved back to where I grew up and once I had experienced
that I had really felt like my… almost like my future and my life had taken a turn for
the worst because I messed up school, I messed up my education. So once that happened I found a drug that
kinda took away the feelings and took away the emotions that I was feeling at that point
in time of my life, and that’s when it really took a turn for the worst at that point. So
once I went back home from school and continued to use drugs and alcohol that was when I really…
for me that’s when I would say I hit my bottom. The first time I went through treatment it
was a broad demographic of people, I feel like I didn’t really belong or fit in there
and at that point in time I didn’t think that I had a problem. The second time I went actually
spent about three weeks there and I was really able to kinda reflect on what was going on,
at that point in time I realized that I definitely have a problem but I don’t think that I was
ready to stop. I knew that I have a problem but I didn’t
think I was ready to stop. Before I went to treatment the third time I actually had a
near death experience and that near death experience was the kinda turning point for
me to be like wow! If I continue to do this, continue to stay in the path that I’m at…
path that I’m going, it’s kind of a life or death scenario. So I feel like if I had found
a place like ARN in my early recovery or my early stages trying to find the right place,
it definitely would have helped me in my early recovery as far staying clean. It really all
depends on the person and the scenario, and what they’re using, and how long they’ve been
using. So there are a wide variety of different questions that I needed to ask my self when
in the treatment. And I feel like if I had the proper guidance
or if I had the right people to help me find the right place, then I might have been able
to make better choices at that point in time. When you find that one entity outside of your
self that makes you feel the way you feel when you use drugs and alcohol and you kinda
cling onto it. And it doesn’t really make a difference what you look like, who you are,
what your job is. With the treatment centers there is definitely an individualized approach
to that. There are certain times, places, certain surroundings that may have bearing
on your recovery or how well you pick it up, I guess you could say. And ultimately it’s
all about where you’re at, it’s all about who’s there helping you, it’s all about your
attitude while you’re in there and that can change depending upon where you are. My advice for people suffering from the disease
of addiction is just know that you’re not alone that there are other people who feel
the way you feel, and that there’s a way out, there is hope for you to get better and for
you to change your life but it all starts with you making that one choice, that one
phone call, that one decision can change your entire life.

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