Campbell M.

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On September 1st, I hit rock bottom. I AMA’ed out of a treatment center in Tennessee and headed straight to the bar. My life quickly got unmanageable as I searched for drugs and drank myself into a blackout yet again. A Silver Alert was issued for me in Tennessee and Connecticut as a result of me cutting off all communication with my family three months earlier and my mother receiving a call notifying her that I had just left my second treatment center. The next day I flew home. This time, I not only realized that I needed help, but I was also the one asking for it. Three days later, I started my journey of healing at Mountainside. I discovered inner peace through meditation and yoga, and through opposite action, I found purpose and fulfillment. At the end of the 28-day program, I knew I needed more support and guidance and signed up for three months at Extended Care (AKA, my current residence). One of the most valuable things I’ve learned while at E-Care is service to others. Whether it be volunteering at a local food pantry, picking up trash in my community, or supporting a peer at E-Care, I’ve found a greater sense of fulfillment and hope in my life. One of the greatest miracles that happened in my recovery is reconnecting with my family. While there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, my relationship with them is better than it’s ever been. As I write this on the eve of my 7th month anniversary, I reflect on all the opportunities that I’ve had in recovery, and I’m filled with gratitude for the people who support me: my sponsor, my family, the staff at E-Care, and my peers in my journey. I’m proud of myself, knowing I am headed in the right direction. I hope to one day work with individuals struggling with mental health issues and show them their potential like so many have done with me.

-Campbell M

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