Success looks different to everyone
I was brought in by an EMT by the name of Andrew, on September 8, 2019. I wanted to email the Alpha House team and drop in center team and everyone who works at the center. I wanted to let you all know I have 60 plus clean days under my belt, I am currently in Edmonton, Alberta at Recovery Acres working my recovery.
Everyone at Alpha house treated me with so much kindness, I wanted to thank everyone at Alpha House for saving my life and opening a new door to my recovery. I want to let you know I am on week three of my eight week recovery program, everyone here has been super awesome. I have reconnected with my family, my friends, and continue to make new healthy friendships.
I hope to return to Alpha house as a guest to say hello when I am ready, but for now I will continue working on my recovery. I want you all to know you are doing an amazing job, the kindness you have shown will be remembered forever and I want you to be proud of yourselves. You have my Love and respect.
The past five years saw me reconnecting with family. Siblings, children, grandchildren and so on. I’ve taken care of health issues such as getting a hip replaced. In general I’ve improved my quality of life. This would not have been possible had Alpha House not been there.
Due to our interactions while housed at detox, I trusted her. This is important when somebody is sorting through the mess of emotions that lead to addictions. Trusting somebody while letting go of thoughts and emotions is key to recovery. And because I trusted Mel I was able to put trust in other staff.
I was also a volunteer at Alpha House in the capacity of a craft teacher at Detox.
My intent was to drink myself to death on the streets of Calgary. Being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver is proof that I was very close to achieving that goal. Unfortunately, I know quite a few people who have passed away on those same streets from addictions. And if not for the support I received from Alpha House I can faithfully assume that my death would have taken place.
I found myself increasingly being the victim in life and had many runs of bad luck. More and more I drank myself to sleep, then through the day as well. I reached the point of losing jobs, not affording food, haircuts, direly needing dental work, laundry, cleaning supplies, and other basics. I went to A.A. And realized I needed more help than A.A. All the recovery centres said I had to detox first before any consideration.
I went to Alpha House where I laid on a mat in a parkade. I asked to go to the detox upstairs and was soon admitted. They put food in me, a place to shower and a haircut, and helped me get into Fresh Start Recovery.
I went to Fresh Start and worked my butt off studying extra, focusing in class, applying myself and being honest with myself.
I have a very long stretch of sobriety now, live in a great place and enjoy my work. I have a good balance in life and see things from new viewpoints and deal with adversity differently.
It all started laying on a mat sweating with the dry heaves in the shelter at Alpha House.