Rise Recovery’s Blog

Success Story: David

“I came to the program in January 2011. I was resistant and hesitant to get help. While I rebelled the staff kept reaching out to me and made me feel welcomed. Eventually, I decided to actually work the program rather than just “attend” the program. My experience has been positive. I am sober and have learned how to deal with everyday life rather than turning to drugs. The new coping skills I have gotten will last a lifetime.”

Success Story: Ryan

“I came to the program when I was 15 under ‘duress.’ My parents were concerned about me so they called the school counselor. She invited me to be a part of a group on campus.  I didn’t belong in a drug group. I was just smoking weed on the weekends. My grades were good and I participated in all the things that were expected of me. I told my parents they were going to make me have a worse problem by exposing me to a bunch of drug addicts and they told me, ‘You are going to meet a lot of people riding the bus because a driver’s license is not in your near future.’  So emotionally they dragged me…and boy am I ever so grateful they did. What I got from the program was totally different than what I expected. The people there cared for me unconditionally. They did not require that I ‘qualify’ by giving me a label. They challenged me to try the program 100% and promised if I didn’t like it after 30 days that I didn’t have to attend anymore.  Well, that was 8 years ago and needless to say I stuck around. I didn’t get sober right away. Honestly it took me 3 months to get 30 days sober but every time I relapsed they would encourage me to keep trying instead of give up on me.  Where I am today?  I graduated college last year with a teaching degree. I still choose to be drug (and alcohol) free.”

Success Story: Riley

“I came … when I was 14. I was suffering from a deadly heroin addiction. When I walked in to the doors the Counselor and the kids welcomed me with open arms. I was accepted for who I was. The program taught me about honesty, integrity, self respect, and concern for others. I learned how to be happy and sober. I learned how to have sober fun. Today I have over a year sobriety and will graduate in June 2012. Instead of looking behind. I am now looking forward to my future. This program saved my life.”

Success Story: Hannah

“My son’s addiction brought me … and my sick family system in for help. I was on Family Death Watch. That is no longer true… My counselor and sponsor listen to my fears and hurts and provide me comfort, perspective, and wisdom. That has included my “panic” phone calls to them when I was alone at day-time or night-time. They have helped me through the Twelve Steps, with endless love and patience. I have gone through many terrible fires of hurt – and the grace of transformation. They really know who I am, and it’s okay. The Twelve Steps really work, even in spite of my best efforts. My life has changed in ways I thought impossible and hopeless. I still have a ways to go. I’m amazed that I’m a sponsor now (the 12th Step). That was another brave and healthy surrender to my Higher Power, and it’s been good for me. Thank you for reading my story.”

Success Story: Avery

“I was not interested or motivated to participate in the activities and program. I was angry and pissed off at the system…that was placing all these restrictions and hardships on my life. But after going to a few of the meetings, classes, and counseling I was able to see and experience the love the people there possessed and expressed to me and others. This helped to take away my anger and allowed me to actually listen to what was being said and start to make changes in my thinking and behavior. The people… have a genuine love for us all and it shows in the way they treat you and I cannot thank them enough for doing what they do for all of us.”

Success Story: Steve

“I have bipolar disorder and also ADHD and was committed to a state hospital when I was 17 when I had a severe manic episode and thought I was Jesus, so after sobering up I got to sponsor… In the meantime, I’ve managed to get a B.S. in Chemistry at UTSA and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, and get licensed as a professional engineer. I’ve also been employed since June 1992 at the same place doing what I wanted to do, helping developing nations with their environmental management problems. I just finished seven years of service on an EPA advisory committee to the President and Congress! I lost the desire to use alcohol (my drug of choice) a long time ago. My fiancée (and the love of my life) died unexpectedly last November 14, and I’ve had other really bad things happen to me, and yet the thought of drinking has never crossed my mind.”

Success Story: Heather

“As a private practice addictions counselor, I refer many young people and parents…knowing they will be received with love and have a safe place to begin their recovery journey.  Alternative Peer Groups are a proven way to support folks in their recovery efforts… a great forum for young people to engage in support group meetings, education, family support, individual and family counseling, and sober social activities. All at NO CHARGE! What a blessing they are to our community!”

Success Story: Eva

“I have witnessed these people continually go above and beyond the call of duty. In this day and age of so many good non profits it can be difficult to decide which to invest in. I have never doubted that the value of my dollars have become priceless when given to them. They take my money and transform it into a new way of life for a family and a future!”

Success Story: Sydney

“I have been a Client, volunteer, and employee. My first encounter was a shock – never had so many people love and accept me for ME… I was at my bottom in 1987 and they saved my life. Wish I could say I have been sober this whole time… I have fallen a few times but by God’s grace and my family in the program I have gotten back up and started living again. That’s what I have done in the program – I learned to live. They helped me see I am important. My children were raised in the program and don’t always make decisions like I would like them to … Thanks for being there when everyone had given up on me…”

Success Story: Rebecca

“I started drinking and smoking at the young age of 12. At 14, I had my first overdose of many. Soon I was introduced to Rise Recovery…My parents were disappointed and I was a mess. When I opened the doors, I truly walked into the realm of recovery. I didn’t want to be there yet but everyone welcomed me with open arms. They all showed me love and tolerance. I couldn’t believe it – it HAD to be a scam! But to my genuine surprise, I was wrong. Teenagers from different schools and involved in totally different cliques were hanging out and having fun. They were a big, happy, crazy family. Even the counselors were excited to be sober! It was a world so diverse in itself. After attending and slowly becoming involved in meetings and activities, love and tolerance fell from my heart. With willingness, the help of the group and an amazing sponsor, I can proudly say I’m over a year sober. It was never easy and I’m glad life isn’t fair. I wouldn’t have the experience to help other teenagers like me. The best thing is being able to interact with one another while being raw and pure – clean and sober…I love it and I’ll keep coming back. Without Rise Recovery, I wouldn’t be alive today and I am thankful for the people who helped me get to where I am.”