Going into rehab was probably one of the most frightening experiences. It was also one of the best experiences of my life.

Israel, sober since June 2018

My name is Israel and I’m an addict in recovery. I was at Steps together in 2018 and completed the one month stay. It was probably one of the most frightening experiences going into such a place. However, it was one of the best experiences of my life, and I’m so glad I did it, it saved my life.

Since then, life in recovery has been good, it has its challenges. And, you know, one day at a time, following the advice I was given when I was in the rehab, attending regular meetings, 12 step programme, completing the 12 steps. You know, connection is excellent, and, you know, could I do it on my own. No. Would I want to do it on my own now, absolutely not. And so the fellowships that are out there are absolutely amazing.

One piece of advice I was given was when you leave here try and build up as much support around you as possible. I did that, and I don’t regret it because I have more support than I know what to do with. You know, it is a tough road for anyone starting out on this road, you know, you hit rock bottom, I can’t live with, I can’t live without whatever substance that may be. You come out of there tooled up and ready, and if you immerse yourself into the programme, and just follow it one day at a time. Take the suggestions, and listen, which is something I could never do, you know, you stand a good chance.

Yes, it’s very fearful when you leave, I was absolutely terrified. But, you know once I immersed myself into the local meetings all that began to change. And I am ever so grateful, I am glad. Looking back now, the experiences that I’ve had. So thank you and take care.