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30-year-old addict

...a year or so later, I was homeless...

Drugs and Alcohol have been a problem in my life since I was young. When I used. all my insecurities and fears disappeared. I felt invincible.It wasn’t long before everything began to fall apart.I dropped out of school, lost all interest in the hobbies I was once very passionate about, I was kicked out of home and there began my troubles with the law. A year or so later I was homeless. I was very resentful to my friends and family for not trying to help me and I felt I had no reason to live. I thought about suicide but was too proud to ask for help.

For years I went in and out of detox centers attempting to get sober but without lasting success. I attended Alcoholics Anonymous on and off for about five years until one day after a very bad series of relapses I had something wonderful happen to me. My family had arranged an intervention to save my life.Two hours later I was on a plane from Vancouver to Montreal,scared of what lie ahead.

I arrived at Andy’s House full of fear,not knowing what to expect. I was greeted by the counselors and staff who were very approachable.They seemed to truly understood my pain and honestly believed in me when I did not believe in myself. It was in the house that I had my first true experience of love. I felt the staff there were compassionate about their work and wanted nothing but the best for me. They re-introduced me to the 12 steps and guided me to a path of spiritual experience.

Today I am the happiest I have ever been. I have my family back.I have a career that I never felt worthy of having, I am engaged to the most beautiful woman in the world and have a baby on the way. I hear people say in meetings that Andy’s House gave them their life back. What I like to say and believe is that Andy’s House gave me a life. I highly recommend this place to anyone. I only pray that others who are suffering find the support and compassion that I did at Andy’s House.