I started using drugs in my mid-twenties, and before I went to prison, I was using heavily and not supporting my family like I should have been. Drugs had taken control of me; I had no support and my life had spiraled out of control. I was arrested and sent to prison.

I didn’t want to go back down that road and knew I needed to get away to work on myself, so I spoke with my parole officer and she recommended Beacon of Life. I remember feeling scared about going; I didn’t know what to expect, but I ended up really liking it. The house became like a family to me; we were there for one another.

The Beacon of Life helped me understand that my life is important and how I need to take care of myself first so I can be there for my kids and grandkids. I was able to realize that I am not the only person that has been through a life that wasn’t planned. There are others like me. I’m not alone. There is support.

Life is wonderful now. Living without drugs is such a good feeling – I actually get to feel life, not cover it up. My mind is clear now and I have been able to focus on what I want in life. I’m excited to use the skills I have learned and use them daily. Now, I have my own apartment, life is less stressful, I feel good about myself and I can think straight. I hope to be able to help and support others who have been through similar circumstances.

My advice to anyone that has the opportunity to come to the Beacon is that you have to want it. You have to want to change and want the best for yourself. You will have support. This is a great program and really makes a difference. The Beacon of Life is a place for people to get their life back. I would like to thank the staff for all of the support they gave me. They saved me.