Testimonials

In the community of recovery sharing our experiences is a great way to give back. Help others by showing them what you’ve learned. Read these amazing stories of recovery from those within our community!

My name is Tiffany & I am 30 years old. I have 3 kids ages 3, 6, & 9. I hear stories of how people had been introduced to drugs & alcohol at a very young age. Well, my story didn’t go that way. I had a very good childhood & home life. If anything we were too sheltered. So when I turned 18 is when it all set in. I guess you could say I went wild because I wasn’t use to that type of life. Going & doing as I please. It started out pretty fun. Just a normal young adult hanging out & partying with friends.

I started out drinking. Never really had a serious problem with alcohol. It came & went. It was never a HAVE TO for me. I started hanging out with a different crowd & was introduced to pain pills & methamphetamine. I honestly never saw it coming but it did. In 2005 I was involved in the Manufacturing process & was arrested & was in jail for 8 days. After it was all said & done with I just ended up with a slap on the wrist. I was clean from meth for a long time but I still continued the pain pills.

In 2007 I had my beautiful baby girl. Our life was going good. Then in 2010 we had our baby boy. Life was still good, we had our little family. Again I continued the pain pills which was getting to be not enough. Between this time my fiance (kids father) dad got out of jail. We started going around him & hanging out with people he was. We slowly started using again. 2012 we were arrested with him & DCS took our kids. We got 4 years on State PO & stayed clean for awhile. Truth is it NEVER really goes away. We had our son 2013. We started using again. A bad beginning to 2015.

Eventually we violated & went to jail & DCS was involved again. We did a stretch in jail this time before we were accepted into Recovery Court. Which has changed our lives for the better. For once someone actually stepped up & truly cared about our lives & how serious addiction is. They’ve helped us in so many ways I could NEVER thank them enough. I’ve learnt so much about addiction & have new way of life.

Tiffany has been sober for 1 year and 24 days clean! Read more recovery stories like Tiffany’s on our Stories of Recovery page or submit your own story here.

As National Recovery Month approaches in September, Nicole D’Settēmi plans to release a fictional memoir, based on true events, in an attempt to expose the reality about the approach to a healthy and successful recovery from drug addiction. Her focal point of this novel however, is not to uncover the initial phase in recovery. Unlike many memoirs that highlight the struggle of attempting rehabilitation from the beginning, Addictarium approaches the battle from a completely new and different angle.

Addictarium is the hauntingly candid memoir, based on her time spent in New York City’s notorious therapeutic community, Daytop Village. The tale provides the realistic struggle of an addict following the first year of recovery, and boldly goes to an entirely new level, in this chilling novel.

More than an inspirational tale of redemption, Addictarium focuses on the dis-ordered personality, and emotionally-disrupted core of the addict, interlaced with a brightly shed light on government-funded recovery centers, and the corruption that often takes place for those situated in facilities recovering on the county’s capital. The novel also puts into perspective, a very strong examination on addictive behaviors inter-woven with human relationships.

Danielle Martino; the protagonist, begins her narrative as an ominous, profane, creative, nomadic wild-child, with a nihilistic attitude, which she eventually learns to accept is part of the root of her dysfunction. Recovering from a fungal infection that causes her to go partially blind from shooting a bad bag of heroin, her fight for sobriety is initiated, as she flees from South Florida on a greyhound bus into Manhattan, and is subsequently admitted into Bellevue Hospital with hopes of restoring her vision, and finally to rehabilitate and to conquer her addiction.

Nicole has been in recovery for 6 years! Check out her book Addictarium on the addiction recovery and read more recovery stories on our Stories of Recovery page or submit your own story here.

My name is Mike Davis and I’m a broken, grace-filled recovering person. I was probably the most helpless, hopeless person that every went through the program of recovery. I was forced into treatment by the Broward County Department of Corrections in January 2011. I entered Spectrum Programs with heart full of hate and mind full distortions. My plan was to get clean and sell pills successfully without using. God had another plan. Through treatment, I discovered who I was, and who I was pretending to be. After treatment I thought I was cured. My therapist recommended me to go to a halfway house and my probation officer agreed that I would have to go.

Unwillingly I went to St. Francis Community, as a part of my continuum of care. I attended IOP at spectrum for 4 more weeks and was told I had to go to “the rooms” for recovery. I didn’t go right away because I thought “the rooms” were for really bad junkies that were homeless. So a couple guys invited me to the 101 club and I attended my first meeting. While I was outside this old guy came up to me and offered me a seat in the front of the speaker. The old guy I knew, he would bring a meeting into Spectrum and I would make fun of him because it was a Friday night and he would be there!

After that night I asked him to be my sponsor. He took me through the steps slowly. Helped show me how to be a man of integrity and accountability. A couple months later, I finally found a purpose in my life. I began to sponsor other young, wild, misguided youths like myself. My sponsor told me to chase my dreams, and I wanted to be able to help others like my therapist helped me. In 2013 I became A Florida Certified Addictions Specialist and in 2015 a Florida Certified Addictions Counselor. I currently work at United Recovery Project as a Primary Clinician. All by the Grace of God, A Sponsor and The Fellowship that never judged me and always told me to keep coming back.

Mike has been sober since 2011 making him 5 1/2 years clean! Read more recovery stories like Mike’s on our Stories of Recovery page or submit your own story here.

I am a woman in long term recovery from alcohol and drugs. I thought that after 23 years of abuse, there was no hope for me but that all changed when I came to South Florida from NJ to begin my journey of recovery. I came to treatment because every bridge was burned and my calls were not being answered anymore and I had nowhere else to go. When I came here and heard how people’s lives had changed because they took a few simple suggestions, I had hope.

One day at a time I followed those suggestions and my life got better. I now have the pleasure and honor of helping others daily, not only in my career but in a 12 Step fellowship. Today I can honestly say that I am becoming the woman I was intended to be, an honest woman of integrity and passion for helping the sick and suffering.

There are so many people who need and deserve the opportunity that I was given and my prayer is that through events like this, advocacy and legislature, everyone who wants recovery can receive the tools they need. I am also the sister of a brother in long term recovery because of my gift, I was able to be an example to him and guide him with the help of others to where he needed to go to start his journey!

Kristen has also been in recovery for 10 years! Read more recovery stories like Kristen’s on our Stories of Recovery page or submit your own story here.

From ages of 18 to 25 I was deep in my addiction to alcohol. At the end of my journey I became suicidal. Then I began my recovery in a Christian based community. I went through 2 phases of residential treatment equaling to 18 months. Afterwards I dedicated my life to serving the addiction community. I worked for 3 years at Faith Farm followed by 12 years at Spectrum programs in Pompano.

After this my life was altered to serve the addiction community within the prison system, first at Bridges of America, and presently at Hollywood work release. Presently I serve as the program director.

My recovery story is a story of joy. A story of witnessing many miracles, and many changed lives. Today, I am blessed not to have died from my addiction, or suicide. I am blessed to be included in the recovery stories of many persons. I am blessed to still be serving and being paid for following my calling. Addiction is a story of pain, Recovery is a story of blessing.

David has been in recovery for 28 years! Read more recovery stories like David’s on our Stories of Recovery page or submit your own story here.

I celebrated 24 years of sobriety this past January. I also finished the final project for my Masters degree with a study on foster care with teenage clients and generous people who work in the field. I reflect back to the 92 lb near death mess I was upon my final surrender to alcohol and drugs. With the help of my sponsor and her sponsors’ strong suggestion of long term treatment, I went out to LA to one of the two sober living places available where women and children were accepted. Women die of mommy guilt everyday. I use my voice today to educate and try to rid the stigma of those who still suffer, self-destruct, and that minimize or and lie about what is really going on. As well as for those who feel shame and fear of judgement, punishment, and retaliation for having an illness.

It took years, but I will not stay quiet! I will not be silent! I will use my voice and experience. How we tire of the contempt. Hate the disease, not the person suffering with the disease. They already hate themselves. The definition of stigma is ‘a distinguishing mark of social disgrace’ and as one writer said “Who would take a stand and admit this and try to change things?” Me! I will not stay silent. Some of my greatest struggles and disappointments are my greatest motivators. The ultimate martyr, women simply exist-much of the contempt comes from family and often society. I am indeed chosen (said a remarkable woman with 41 yrs) to be a chosen comforter, truth teller, an opportunity to connect with human beings on a level I never thought possible.

I am determined to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and heal the hurting. Let go of what you can’t change. Healing does not mean it never existed it means the damage no longer controls our lives. Be soft and loving; take no shit. Separate yourself from blessing blockers. I have taken so much heat for this. Mothers are self-destructing everyday. We must get down to causes and conditions and discuss solution no matter how painful it is. Then you redefine yourself as a victor in your own life.

Christine has been sober since 2011 making her 24 years clean! Read more recovery stories like Christine’s on our Stories of Recovery page or submit your own story here.