I’m Possible: Michael G. From Alcohol to Recovery. [Addiction Story]

I’m Possible: Michael G. From Alcohol to Recovery. [Addiction Story]


My name is Michael Griggs I’m the senior house manager at next-step village and I’ve been sober for three years the first time I got intoxicated was when I was 13 and I Was with a bunch of friends at a friend’s house and we had gotten into their parents liquor cabinet when I felt the effects of alcohol for the first time, I got an overwhelming sense of euphoria and the thought was placed in my head that if I Introduced this substance into anything that I was doing that it would only improve it. So the progression was Relatively slow at first I drank for about ten years the last six years of that I went into a freefall and that started when I was 19. I lost a job I failed out of school and I got my first DUI when I was 24 I went to treatment for the first time after my family and friends gave me an intervention After that first treatment episode. I returned home to New Jersey and had to move back in with my parents. I lost another job Got my second DUI and had lost the will to live at that point when I hit my bottom I had a moment of clarity where I realized there had to be more to life than the way and living for as long as I had been and that’s when I decided to seek treatment that change that came about for me is Really hard to describe and it was more like a switch just went off. I can’t really explain what happened The biggest difference between going to the recovery village as opposed to the first time I went to treatment was the change that occurred in me I wanted to get help and I wanted to get better and I was willing to do what it took the most difficult part of deciding to go to the recovery village was knowing that I was going to be leaving home indefinitely and also in a way it’s the end of one life and I wasn’t really sure what the next chapter of things was going to look like so that unknown was Expiry I was in the recovery village I was able to Focus on a lot of things and learn a lot of tools to be able to use once I left the recovery village but the aftercare program allowed me to practice those things and Implement them into my life take on a life that I wanted so through my recovery I’ve learned that I’m not alone and I don’t have to do this alone that honesty open-mindedness and willingness are indispensable in this journey And the hard path is usually the right path You

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