"I'VE BEEN GIVEN A LOT. THIS IS MY CHANCE TO GIVE BACK ."
LEARN ABOUT THE JOURNEY SO FAR
My name is Steve and March 23rd I will be riding my bicycle across the country in efforts to raise awareness about addiction recovery. I hope to de-stigmatize what it means to be in recovery and attract young and old who struggle with this disease to a better way of life. I will be sharing my experience, strength and hope along the way. Recovery is a continuous journey not a destination. Much like pedaling your bike across the country it is A Day at a Time A Mile at a Time.
March 23rd marks a milestone for me. It will be 6 years clean and sober. Today I truly live a life that I had never thought possible. At an early age I became involved with drugs and alcohol and things quickly went downhill. I had no drive, and felt no reason to go on living. I failed out of school, and wound up in jails, hospitals and institutions across the country. Given every opportunity to succeed in life, and a loving supportive family, how had this happened to me? Why could I not stop using drugs and alcohol, despite the obvious and severe consequences? I do not know, but I do know there is a solution.
Shortly before my 21st birthday, my family once again helped me seek treatment. I ended up going to Statesboro home of Willingway Hospital and Georgia Southern University. I checked into Louie's House which is a long-term recovery residence for men. I had finally been beaten badly enough to try anything, and turned my way towards a new healthy way of living. Since getting sober I have returned to college with the help of the Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University, where I graduated cum laude last December. I have been accepted into school to pursue my Doctor of Physical therapy, and today I live a life that bears no resemblance to the one I had before. Coming into recovery at the age of 20 I had thought my life would get so small when I got sober, but instead I was given a life beyond my wildest dreams. I hope that this Ride for Recovery serves testament that with recovery anything is possible.
Returning to a college campus when you are in recovery can be a scary thing. Most college environments aren’t conducive to a sober way of life. With the help of Collegiate Recovery Communities like the Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University, people like me can have help getting back on track, and receive support when pursuing their academic and career goals. I got lots of help, and with this ride, I hope to help others.