Alumni Spotlight: Dustin L.

  1. What was your life like before coming into Sovereign Health?

Life was a daily struggle of worry and misery; trying to juggle bills so I could pay the dealer and still get high! I had lost my vehicle to my addiction and was feeding an isolation of depression. Life was all consuming and literally killing me slowly.

  1. What are the most difficult parts struggling with addiction/mental health?

For me now the hardest part is being around people talking about it, knowing I could get it whenever I want. Fighting the urges is hard and starting life over at my age is a steep mountain to climb.

  1. What did you learn during treatment that is most helpful in your life today?

I learned self-respect and changed my thinking about what the ramifications of relapse would be. Rather than being selfish and negative, I learned to respect myself and the ability to make the right choice.

  1. Describe how your life is different now. What is the best part of your life today?

Today I am grateful for the friends and family I have in my corner. My life is so different. I’m back working, just got my own place to stay and am surrounded by people I love who believe in me. My thinking is more positively based now. I look at the good in every situation before I go off the negative deep end. I find myself laughing way more and worrying way less.

I was challenged at work about a month ago. When I was riding around the community I work at and found a baggie of cocaine, I threw it on my desk at work and forgot about it until that following Monday. I looked at it, grabbed it and took it straight to the manager and gave it to her. She turned it into the police. It was a 1,000 dollar bag of cocaine. That’s when I knew I could make the right choice.

  1. What are some of your goals for the future?

My goals for the future are to continue working, save up for a new vehicle and move into a nicer house — build a family and just be the best me I can be. One day at a time.

  1. What would you want to tell other people that are struggling with the same issues right now that you were?

For anyone struggling with life, addiction or any mental challenges, you should know it’s okay to change, it’s okay to ask for help. There are so many people out there who are living full, meaningful lives. They went through the same struggles as you and I — some even worse. Take advantage of your self-worth and know that it’s okay to ask for help sometimes. We get so wrapped up in our problems that we forget about just how fragile life is. So, stay positive and make beautiful memories.


  1. 457F3C47-96BA-479F-926C-9F292B9DB1DA says

    I want to show my thanks to this writer just for rescuing me from this particular circumstance. Because of searching throughout the world wide web and coming across ideas which are not helpful, I believed my entire life was gone. Existing minus the solutions to the issues you’ve resolved through this site is a serious case, and those that would have badly affected my career if I had not noticed your site. Your own personal natural talent and kindness in controlling every aspect was important. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I had not come across such a subject like this. I can at this moment look forward to my future. Thanks a lot so much for the expert and result oriented guide. I won’t hesitate to endorse the blog to anyone who will need guidance about this problem.

  2. 457F3C47-96BA-479F-926C-9F292B9DB1DA says

    I and also my pals were looking through the great tips and hints from the blog while immediately I had a terrible suspicion I never expressed respect to the web site owner for those techniques. All the boys had been as a result excited to study them and have now simply been making the most of these things. We appreciate you being so considerate and for obtaining this form of beneficial ideas millions of individuals are really wanting to discover. My sincere apologies for not saying thanks to you sooner.

  3. node says

    My husband and i got peaceful when Michael could finish up his studies through the entire precious recommendations he acquired from your very own site. It is now and again perplexing to just be freely giving things that others might have been trying to sell. And now we see we now have you to appreciate for this. The entire explanations you’ve made, the easy site navigation, the friendships you will make it possible to promote – it’s got everything incredible, and it’s leading our son and our family believe that the article is interesting, which is highly important. Thank you for the whole lot!

  4. yeezy boost 350 says

    I would like to express some appreciation to this writer for rescuing me from this particular circumstance. After looking out throughout the internet and obtaining concepts that were not productive, I figured my entire life was done. Existing without the solutions to the issues you have resolved through your write-up is a serious case, as well as the ones which could have badly affected my career if I had not come across your web page. Your main talents and kindness in playing with a lot of things was priceless. I’m not sure what I would have done if I had not come upon such a point like this. I can at this time look forward to my future. Thanks very much for your expert and result oriented help. I won’t be reluctant to recommend your site to anybody who would need tips about this topic.

  5. node says

    I’m commenting to let you be aware of of the extraordinary discovery my girl found browsing your web site. She discovered several things, which included what it’s like to have a wonderful giving spirit to have a number of people very easily fully understand a number of advanced subject matter. You truly surpassed her expected results. Many thanks for displaying these necessary, safe, edifying and easy guidance on the topic to Kate.

Post a comment

Subscribe to the Sovereign Health Group newsletter

Get the latest news on program developments, behavioral health news and company announcements.