Sobriety Date: 03/20/2019
When I came to the Hope Center I was at the end of my rope. I had been to jail, other rehabs, lost jobs, lost relationships and was on the road to losing my son if I did not stop drinking. I was depressed, lost, and desperate. Addiction completely consumed my life and took everything I loved from me. I was literally a walking corpse. I had given up and honestly did not believe anyone could save me at that point. I thank God everyday for my life, that he led me to the doors of the Hope Center when he did. It did not matter that I was a nobody. It did not matter that I was angry, bitter and scared. They spoke truth into my ears and life back into my spirit. There was no judgment, just love. I will be forever grateful to every single person at the Hope Center for being there for me when I needed it most. They played a HUGE part in God’s plan for saving my life and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
When I arrived at The Washington Street Hope Center I was broken, angry, and defeated. I was facing jail time, homeless, and on the verge of losing my family. The Hope Center is an amazing place that helped save my life. They taught me how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable; how to deal with life on life’s terms and not my own. After treatment, I was given the opportunity to move into the Hope Center’s sober living house. It was the best decision I have ever made in recovery. The structure and support offered were amazing and it truly helped me build the foundation on which my sobriety stands. I learned to feel my emotions again and how to face my problems instead of trying to escape from them. I have found my purpose in life and I could not be more grateful to the staff and counselors at the Hope Center.
Sobriety Date: 07/04/2019
Helpless, hopeless, angry, and afraid. These are only some of the emotions I felt in active addiction. I had no desire to live anymore, but I did not have the guts to actually take my life. Misery and resentments consumed me. By some Divine Intervention and the Grace of God, I found a way out. I remember my first day at the Hope Center, I talked with people just like me, yet they were jolly, upbeat and at peace. I just could not understand how it was possible. While I was in treatment my sponsor took me through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and in class, I was taught Recovery Dynamics. What I found at the Hope Center was more than how to live without drugs and alcohol, the solution was a design for living that really works. Today I have a purpose to live. My life is filled with joy and contentment, my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude for the Hope Center. They gave me the information and resources I needed to make a beginning. Every day is a day that I must carry the message to others so that I can continue my journey of sobriety.
Sobriety Date: 05/01/2019
I grew up in South Louisiana where drinking and drugging seemed like the thing to do. It all started as fun was the first lie that I told myself and actually believed because if I’m honest with myself I’ve had negative consequences throughout my addiction. Through the years I have tried stealing, robbing, dealing, but no matter what I lied and told myself that I would end up where I wanted to be in life, that I would be ok with who I was and that I would eventually stop hurting my kids and family and be a normal person. But you see that is just it, it was delusional. I always ended up in places that I did not really want to be, hurting the people that loved me the most, and blaming everybody else for all these things. I was in and out of jail so much that the judge once told me that I was useless and hopeless for society. I replied, “Yes ma’am, I know.” By the grace of God, I made it to the Hope Center with a grocery bag of personal items, bankrupt physically, mentally, financially, emotionally, and spiritually. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and love, which was very weird at first. I thought they were out to get me but later I learned it was because of my past that when someone said or showed that they loved me that they were about to get me over somehow, but these people were genuine and expected nothing in return. To this day I consider them my Hope Center family. I am thankful they did not waste any time in taking me through the 12 steps of AA and thoroughly broke down the problem and also the planned program of action to the solution. I thought I was going to the Hope Center to get off drugs and alcohol, but not only has that problem been removed but so much more in my life has also been added. I have been able to develop a personal relationship with God, my fiancé, my family and now have true friends. Today I am ok with who I am, and my life is not consumed by fear. I am thankful that the Hope Center has given me a purpose. I am no longer useless and hopeless for society. Today I have hope and because of that I try to carry on the message to other alcoholics just like the Hope Center did for me.
Sobriety Date: 07/21/2020
In July of 2020 I walked through the doors of the Hope Center totally defeated, broken and hopeless. I hated Heroin and all that it did in my life, yet I could not live without it. It called… I answered no matter the cost. I was not even sure if treatment could or would change anything, but I was desperate and willing to try anything for a chance at freedom. What the Hope Center gave me was beyond anything that I (and many others) ever dreamed possible: Freedom, Peace and Serenity. 8 months into sober living my entire world came crashing down upon me and without the tools I learned in treatment and the love of the fellowship I have here in Marksville, then no doubt I too would have been another statistic. This place has taught me I am worth it, and I can make it. Gods got my back, but it took the Hope Center for me to realize that.