Addiction is a disease that not only alters the body’s physical state, but mental perspective.
Nick, a recent A Forever Recovery graduate, put it eloquently when he talked about being pushed to start – and continue with — the program.
“I can’t believe I’m actually up here now,” he said. “I never thought it would happen. When I was at home, my family was pushing me to come (to rehab) … then I did it, and I was like, ‘okay, I guess I need it.’
“Then I got here and I was like, ‘man I want to leave.’ Then as I stuck through it, I was like, ‘well, I guess I need it.’ A lot of the staff were pushing me for sober living and I was like, ‘no, I don’t want to do that.’ But (then I) kept thinking about it and came to the conclusion, ‘I guess I need it.’
“I want to thank all the staff (and my peers) that have done that for me … definitely helped me stay focused and actually do something that furthered me and changed my life.”
During his graduation speech, Nick not only showed his appreciation for the program, he showcased his creativity and the fun that can be had while going through such a difficult transition at A Forever Recovery.
He did a lot of karaoke during his stay, so he decided to write a poem about his journey composed completely of song titles.
“It started way down yonder at the Chattahoochie;
where I hid behind my p-p-poker face;
and was bad to the bone with all my friends in low places;
until I realized I’m too sexy for those drugs. Too sexy for those drugs.
“So I decided to bust a move and come to AFR;
where I learned to get a little mud on the tires;
to battle my kryptonite;
and now I’m bleeding love for everyone here;
and I’m so happy I could just dance. Woo-hoo.
“Now it’s time to boot-scootin’ boogie;
to sober living in Southern California
where I’ll be sober for ever and ever – amen.”