Jeff Z. shares some insight into his recovery journey.
Q: What was the turning point that led you to get help?
A: My best friend and wife at the time had an intervention with me, and I finally asked for help and gave up my will to my higher power.
Q: What is the most important thing you learned in treatment?
A: Building important connections with people that have been where I’ve been. And getting out of my comfort zone.
Q: If you had to describe your recovery journey, how would you describe it?
A: Taking care of my “mind-body-spirit.”
Q: What is your favorite part about being in recovery?
A: Connecting with my sober network, and building important connections and relationships with people that truly care about my recovery.
Q: What is your greatest strength?
Q: What is the last thing you learned?
A: I’ve learned to stay in the moment and not project too far into the future and the problems that lie ahead. Also, to stop trying to control so much because eventually, everything will work itself out.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are having a rough day?
A: I like to listen to music.
Q: What is something you are trying to get better at?
A: Being more honest, patient, and tolerant.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: Being a powerful example to newcomers in recovery.
Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest your life, what would it be?
A: I’d eat my mom’s homemade pizza and meatballs.
Q: What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
A: On Summer Beach with my daughter.
Q: What song cheers you up?
A: I’d say U2’s New Year’s Day.
Q: If you could spend an entire day with anyone, who would it be?
A: I’d spend it with my daughter.
Q: What is the best gift you have ever received?
A: Coming to Mountainside treatment.