The Steps to Recovery

Hi my name is Stephen E. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 1st, 1991. I grew up with my mother and my older brother John. My mom always made sure we had everything we needed but I wanted more. So I resorted to selling dope. In my mind that was acceptable as long as I wasn’t using it but soon enough the day came where I tried it and it was all down hill from there.

I was in and out of lock up all through high school and multiple rehabs as an adult but I never gave it a chance because I thought I was different. Now this is my third time in The Shed but the first time I’ve worked a program and it’s amazing. I would recommend it to anyone that’s like me because I know it works. I’m now on my ninth step and I’ve never been happier so give it a shot, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Stephen E., Clean & Sober since 10/07/2013

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A New Sober Life

Before I came to The Watershed, my life was almost as bad as it could possibly get as an alcoholic/addict. I had been to detox, rehab, and halfway/sober houses over 25 times in attempt to stay sober and failed every time. A year ago, today I left treatment after 6 days with 2 trash bags of clothes and posted up on Revere Beach just north of Boston, MA with my dirty clothes and towels laid out on the sand as my bed to sleep on. I had a pretty good feeling that it was the bitter end. I called The Watershed to try to get back into treatment and they thankfully brought me back. That was August 4th, 2013. The Watershed helped me out in so many ways. I had been to so many places that take you in for 5-7 days and then send you right back out on the street to figure it out on your own. The step down levels The Watershed offers and the long term program it offers that slowly implemented me back into society was something I had never experienced before. In addition to that, it is one of the very few treatment centers that provide you with a Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) right when you get there on day 1. Today my life is so different and so much better to the point where it seems surreal sometimes. After going through all levels of The Watershed from Detox all the way to The ¾ House and through working the 12 steps of AA to the best of my ability, I will have 1 year sober in less than two weeks. My family is back in my life, I live in a house with some great guys, I actually work for The Watershed, I have my own business on the side, but most importantly, I found a way to stay sober and be happy at the same time. Life is pretty amazing today.

Cory M., Clean & Sober since 08/05/2013

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