I feel more prepared and not ashamed
November 30, 2018
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Making that decision to go

My name is Marty P, and I’m a recovering addict. I will be turning 50 years old soon and truly believe that I would not be here to celebrate, due to the many decades that I poisoned my body and mind. Nearly a year ago now I received a phone call from a del Ray beach number and I reluctantly answered. On the other end a man asked if I was Marty and he explained that friends and family have reached out and were concerned that my life was soon going to come to a bitter end. He talked of a place that could help me and it was paradise. You could ride white horses on the beach. You can keep your cell phone and said I could leave when I wanted to. I was still hesitant about making that decision to go and save my life. After about a hour on the phone i agreed to go and the next morning I caught a bird aiming south. When I arrived my cell phone was taken, wait a minute, he said on the phone that, oh never mind and the white horses weren’t gonna have me riding them on the beach either. It was very true that I was told a couple little fibs, but a year later i am still around and feeling great and with a clear mind. Not from having my cell phones or hanging on a beach. Nope! It was the great staff at the watershed. My miracle in Boyton that oddly enough looks like the cover of hotel California and the line “ you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”. That’s what it felt like at Boyton, but man I’m glad I didn’t get the holiday blues and jump ship. Because I would have run away from knowing what life is like without being impaired and the thought process of get it, do it and get some more. My life is amazing now! Promotions at work and good social life, and closer to my friends and family than ever before. I owe this to family and friends concerns and the knowledge and tools taught at the watershed. I am blessed to be able to come to my miracle amongst the palm tree’s to celebrate my first year of sobriety and reach out to any brothers or sisters who are struggling and attempt to lead them in the direction that I was lucky enough to be lead. I am so excited to see the staff, alumni and the new fighters in the chairs I once sat. I will end by saying, I chose not to glorify my sickness and only give praise and share my cure! God bless and will see you very soon.