THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
I suffered for many years with depression and couldn’t figure out what was wrong and why I couldn’t get my life together.
At the time l was drinking, I was alienated from my family, and didn’t work regularly I’ve slept in shelters, abandoned houses, cars and on the ground.
There was a small part of me that just knew that I could do better. I had gotten to the end of my rope and sought help at the Salvation Army. It was the first step on the road to recovery where l was able to be free of alcohol and drugs. After one year of sobriety I went to Netcare seeking help. From there I was referred to Southeast Mental Health Center where I received counseling services.
One day I was standing at the bus stop, and a woman asked me for a cigarette and started to tell me about COVA and how they had helped her find a job.
When I walked through the doors of COVA I found people who welcomed me, who made me feel accepted and “normal.”
I am now a student for the first time in 37 years at the Columbus State Community College. I have a car and a place to live, and I’m in touch with some of my family again.
Through the grace of God who never gave up on me, and all the agencies that helped me along the way – I now have hope in my life.