What was life like growing up?
It was normal. Suburban mom and dad were together until I was 13. They divorced but I had a normal childhood.
Did any members of your family have a problem with addiction and if so what was that like?
I'd say the majority of my family had some issue with drinking. But my mom kind of shielded me from it.
What was life like before you got to The Wheelhouse?
I was dying in North Carolina. My brother said you need to get help. My mother was enabling me. I was drinking a lot. I ended up in an apartment here. I started taking drugs. I did not know how to function or live.
What was the biggest challenge you were facing before you got to The Wheelhouse?
I was drinking a half gallon a day. Nothing was manageable. I was completely powerless I did not know how to live. I was totally okay with dying. I was overdosing rapidly.
What did you do to try to solve this Challenge on your own?
I went to AA to please my family and friends. But sometimes I wouldn’t go and then say I did go. And sometimes would actually go but go so intoxicated I would know what to say.
What is a problem that the Wheelhouse has solved for you?
The Wheelhouse forced me to work the 12-steps. This place broke a barrier for me because before I was going to these laid back rehabs and just kind of messing around and not working any steps.
Is there a particular moment or memory that stands out to you right now?
One morning at 3am the 30 day men were being woke up to “ride the wood.” I was in 3/4 residence and didn’t have to wake up but I did … because of the brotherhood we have with these guys. I just I started to feel the power of this house for the first time.
What has your life been like since first coming to The Wheelhouse?
I’ve wanted to be the man I was supposed to be. The Wheelhouse has helped me to accomplish this. I am today mentally and financially very good, I am spiritually so much better.
What is your outlook for the future?
I know that, if I continue to do what the program asks of me, everything will work out for me.
What do you wish other people knew about the Wheelhouse?
This is the best place I've ever been for rehab. This is the coolest institution I've ever been a part of. This place is like home. It’s more than home to me.
What have you learned about yourself from your experience with The Wheelhouse?
I suffer from an illness of mind, body and spirit; an illness that can be treated provided I follow a few Simple Rules and remain teachable. I didn't expect I would still be sober. The Wheelhouse took everything that I understood about life and about myself and turned all of that completely upside down.
I try to remain teachable.