November 14, 2012
I went to Project PATCH in January of 2003 and graduated August 2005, I was there for about 19 months. Prior to being enrolled in the program I was a drug addict, was homeless, only coming home when I needed something, had authority issues (understatement of the year) and was very promiscious. The list could literally go on, but in a nutshell, that is what I was facing (well what PATCH was facing lol). I also had stopped putting my faith in the Lord, I never ceased to believe the God was there, I just developed a hatred towards him. I bucked the program for a good chunk of the first year. I was on work crew and RE for most of that time. But as time went on, and as new and old issue arose, I always had someone to lean on, someone to talk to. Even if I didn't like what I heard, I learned to listen anyway and take what I could use and apply it to my situation, which is a very valuable life lesson for all ages alike. Long story short, by the time I graduated I had enough time and tools under my belt that i felt confident in myself when I returned home. I had a new faith in the Lord, a new relationship with my Mom, had been clean for almost 2 years... I thought going home would be a breeze... Unforutantly about a month or 2 after i got home I relapsed... I didn't just relapse once, I relapsed for almost a year year, worse than I had ever used before. I got very sick, was in the hospital and was literally out for a week, I, to this day, cannot remember that week. When I came to I felt a new yearning to get myself together. In 2006 I got clean, and have been ever since. I am married with 2 wonderful kids. My family goes to church and believes in the Lord, we have passed down our love for God to our kids. We bought our first house last summer. Life is good! I often think of where I would have been if my parents hadn't sent me to PATCH. Honestly, I do not know if I would be alive, and if I was, it wouldn't be a life worth living. PATCH did not 'cure' me, it did, however, give me a set of tools that I could use in everyday life, it taught me that I COULD make my own decisions, that my circumstances were a product of decisions made by ME. And when I chose life, one that I could be proud of, I flourished.
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