I’m Nicholas. I’m currently a patient at Lakeview Health Systems. I’m from Boston, Massachusetts and my drug of choice is Roxy, Xanax, pretty much anything in a pill form. It’s my second time attending Lakeview Health Systems. The first time I came through, I came through for court reasons to get a certificate. Never really been to a rehab before, so I didn’t know the gist of it. I came in not willing to comply to the program, always giving staff hard times, you know, just not really surrendering like the first step really tells you to so I wasn’t able to work the rest. I left and I relapsed about a day after.
I returned back to Boston, I didn’t take any of Lakeview’s suggestions. They suggested a halfway house, and they suggested I go to meetings, get a sponsor, work the steps, I didn’t do any of those. I went back up to Boston, continued drug use, found myself in a lot more court issues, get kicked out of my house, losing a lot of people, going through a lot of bad things. That’s when I realized that I had nowhere else to turn and the first thing that popped into my mind was actually Lakeview Health System again.
Cause, even though I was here and I didn’t really comply well, I thought, I thought about it and none of the staff really weren’t trustworthy. You know, none of the staff really were out to hurt me or out to get me like everybody else I was used to and I felt comfort, so I called back up and, you know, I’m here again 4 months later and I’m working the program the best of my ability. I actually feel the serenity. I feel the recovery all through my body. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life. I’m going down to a halfway house in Delray Beach, Florida.
I’ve been having miracles happen since I’ve been here with my home life. One of the things that’s going on with me, today I’m 21 days sober. It’s my, actually, today’s my 3rd week, I came in Wednesday 3 weeks ago. And I feel great. I’ve been, I joined the Christian track this time, it’s something that they offer for Christians. And we have Bible study, scripture readings, and things like that, and I’m just more in touch with God than I’ve ever been. My higher power, that’s who I choose. And I’ve been paying attention and really participating in AA meetings, NA meetings, primary groups, and I’ve been getting more out of it than I think I’ve ever gotten out of anything in my whole entire life. I’ve tried outside therapy, I’ve tried outpatient, I’ve tried all that, and none of it seemed to work, so I came here and decided to get involved and actually care about my recovery.