One Year’s Worth of Gratitude


I was frantic, terrified, beaten down, and scared for my life because I was homeless and desperate. Other than suicide or making my way to the recovery house I had been referred to, I had run out of options.

On November 26, 2016 I had no idea my life was about to change the way it did – After more than 20 years of drug and alcohol addiction I found myself standing alone in the parking lot of a Burger King in Surrey at night, cold and soaked to the bone with nowhere to go. I was frantic, terrified, beaten down, and scared for my life because I was homeless and desperate.

Other than suicide or making my way to the recovery house I had been referred to, I had run out of options. With the last bit of battery power on my phone I made a desperate plea for someone to please come get me and take me where I needed to go, and something in the universe stepped in and sent me an angel. A ride showed up and took me to the Alliance house at Together We Can, and from that day forward, nothing short of a miracle began to happen.

Through working the 12 steps, being of service, taking suggestions, surrendering my will, and admitting I could no longer manage my own life, I began to see that there was a new way to live waiting for me if I was willing to do the work. Surrounded by a house full of men fighting the same battle as I was, I began to heal my heart and my soul and find my voice and my spirit again.

I learned how to love again, I learned how to be selfless, I learned to trust others again, and I learned how to navigate loss, heartache and pain in a healthy way, rather than resorting to the ease and comfort of drugs and alcohol. By putting in the effort and care into myself and those around me in recovery, I stand here one year later with so much gratitude and hope in my heart that it feels like it may burst at times.

Today, I have a job that I love and makes a positive impact on the lives of those struggling with addiction, I have people in my life who tell me they love me and consider me family, I have self respect and dignity, but most of all I have a life that I can finally be proud of and call my own.

Had it not been for the Alliance program at the Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society, my sponsors, my new friends, and the recovery community I would not be here today, and from the bottom of my new heart I want to say thank you and tell each of you how grateful I am.

Recovery works. Recovery saves lives. Recovery is real.

By Jeromie W.

(Dedicated in memory to Don Presland and Tristan Kroeker)


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