"I’m 29-years old and my drug of choice was alcohol. I had a problem and it got out of control. I had been wanting to get help but I didn’t know who to reach out to. I guess that was my only outlet to get help – when I got in trouble. Not the right way, I know. I was referred to IMPACT by the court system. They gave me a few numbers but I decided to call IMPACT.
Alcohol doesn’t do anything but hurt your body. I’ve had family members pass away due to that and I don’t want to follow that same path. It’s hard. You have your good days if you have support. But even if you have support, there are bad days. It’s really the cravings and the power that the drug has on you. When I woke up in the morning still buzzed, I’d just keep going. If I hadn’t made the decision to reach out to IMPACT, I’d still be drinking and I probably would have gotten in much worse trouble with the police by now.
I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down with the counselor. I just knew I needed to do something and I hoped that she wouldn’t treat me like a number. She was very professional and took her time. When I think back to our conversation, I learned a lot about myself and how I treated people. The bad times were my fault. When I think about the time that I was incarcerated, it was because alcohol played a big part in my life.
Trying to change is not easy. I found IMPACT really helpful. Some people talk to a counselor just to make the courts happy; but there are some people like me who actually want to have a sober lifestyle and not have alcohol run their life. Alcohol doesn’t run my life anymore."