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Alumni Spotlight – John T.

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

Before I came to Sovereign my life was in shambles. I was drinking and using every day, barely going to work, my health was really bad and I was isolated because my friends and family didn’t want to have anything to do with me. I didn’t feel like I had a problem. I played football on a professional level for the Baltimore Ravens and I had a lot of pride.

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

The most difficult part of struggling with addiction was that all my family and friends were what we addicts call “Normies.” None of them could understand what I was going through. This allowed me to continue to isolate myself and [the isolation] put me down a deeper, more dangerous path in my addiction.

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

The most important thing that I learned is that the resources, the tools, and the support are there, but it is up to you if you truly want to be free of your demons. I had to put 110 percent into the program but I’m living a great life at 220 percent.

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

The best part of my life is that I’m currently having a wonderful relationship with my higher power even though we bump heads on some things. I am a little over six months clean, healthy and I have two jobs with which I can positively support my six-year-old son.

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

Some of my goals for the future are to give back, pay it forward to other addicts who were in my shoes six months ago, startup a business with my good friend Justin (who I was in rehab with) and continue to work a real simple program.

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

I would tell those who are out there suffering that a lot of people will tell you to get sober and stop doing what you are doing as if it is the easiest thing to do in the world. The reason it may sound so odd to you is that it is not easy to stop. The people who are telling you this information don’t quite understand what you’re going through and what you’re suffering from. It’s going to be hard to get your life back on track and at times you’re going to want to give up or think it is not possible, but there is good news. You can live a great life with some hard work, dedication, focus and the will to live. Please, if you’re out there suffering or need help call Sovereign Health. They will help you if you’re willing to work for it.

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