Mike’s Treatment Testimonial

My first experience with drugs was when I was 13 years old. I was in Staten Island New York and it wasn’t anything hard, any hard drugs, we just we just drank and we would smoke pot. You never think anything of it that could lead to you using hard drugs in the future because I know I like the effect that it gave me. So, you think about and you’re like well if I try this maybe I’ll feel different and I’ll feel better, and then before you know it you end up full-blown alcoholic, drug addict, doing anything that anyone puts in front of you. At that point, like a garbage can and that’s what it came to me I had my drug of choice, but when I didn’t have it, I would do anything that I could. I knew in the back of my head that this had to stop. I was just…I was so done, I was just done with everything. I didn’t at that point, you just don’t want to live anymore, you know, it’s just…it kills you… it, it physically and mentally kills you. And when you don’t have it, it kills you even more. I just didn’t want to…I don’t want to wake up in the morning making my first job getting my drug of choice every day because that’s what it led to.

Every single day look into what I had, looking where I had to go to get what I needed, to get doing things that led me to get the silver bracelets a couple times, you know, getting, hanging out with people I would never hang out with when I was a kid. All you hear about is ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that. Drugs are bad,’ and then I ended up being one of those kids that were hanging around with the people you shouldn’t be. Getting locked up whatever it may be and it’s not, it’s not a fun way to live – being institutionalized is horrible.

Destination Hope helped me start my structure and start building a foundation in life, and gave me the options of what to do and told me what worked for other people. Tyron really drilled into my head that I needed to stay down here with other people like me, and I gave it a shot, as much as I didn’t want to, because I was real codependent on my family. He broke that, he broke that apart. He told them what I needed to do and that’s what I did. I listened to him and I, like I said, I still call him two to three times a week. I stopped in here religiously because they say never forget where you came from, so I come to Destination Hope all the time. Just show my face and show all the people that it works, because if you don’t, if you forget where you came from, you forget how bad it was and you’re gonna end up back in here. And another treatment center, in the ground, or in jail – those are the only options that we have.

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