Why We Exist
I still remember the day, the minute and the corner I was at when I made that phone call to my parents……95 Street and 111 Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta. It was a block away from the crack house of where I used to live. I remember walking to the phone booth, calling my parents and I told them “I give up….I don’t know what to do….I’m done.”
I needed help and we didn’t even know where I could go at first or who to call, as my parents are not alcoholics or addicts and were not used to this kind of situation…..but then it came to us……AADAC (Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission). I called ADDAC for help and entered detox on that same day in Edmonton with only the clothes on my back, which my stay was 11 days before I entered my first treatment centre.
June 17, 2006, this is the day when I started my journey into sobriety. I went to 3 different treatment centres…Sunrise Native Addiction Services Society is where I learned about my culture, the power of my higher power and found many support and alumni groups to help me in my recovery. I continued for many years, even to this day and I am forever grateful for the many people I have met along the way.
If it wasn’t for the fellowship and support of others in recovery, I am not sure if I would still be sober and in recovery and active as I am……learning from those before me and getting involved is definitely the key to keeping my sobriety and from going back out. Paying it forward and being there when someone reaches out and to treat people with respect no matter where they come from, any situation, from my experiences, I can help others, and this is what it is all about for me.
Today, I keep myself busy, that’s number one but keeping myself healthy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, some of the tools Sunrise taught me……also to respect myself and never be afraid to reach out and ask for help or help others when asked. This includes speaking and getting involved in support groups and making the best of our second chance at life, as some people do not make it. -past client of the Inpatient Treatment Program