“An inspiring depiction of REAL individuals who found the courage to get help and go to rehab”

Addiction does not discriminate—regardless of age, race, nationality, religion, marital status, income, or education. The disease impacts people from all walks of life. The effects can be devastating, leaving in its wake poor physical and mental health, broken relationships, and strained finances. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons, many of us know someone impacted by this disease.

Despite the pain and devastation substance misuse can cause, there is also a chance for hope. At American Addiction Centers, we see lives transformed every day. We wanted to share some of those stories with you.

What follows is an inspiring depiction of REAL individuals who found the courage to get help and go to rehab. With all of the obstacles to treatment, these individuals ultimately committed to beginning the path to recovery—and that commitment led them to a better life.

Photos taken prior to intake at the treatment facility and in various stages of recovery show the positive impact of treatment on each individual’s life.

Rosabel

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More Photos of Rosabel’s Journey:
Age Range
35 to 44
Years Struggled
8 Years
Sobriety Date
08/01/18

Profession: Endoscopy Technician, Owner of Rosie’s Empanadas

Status: Divorced w/kids

Hometown: Lodi, NJ

Drug of Choice: Alcohol

Rehab Facility: Sunrise House

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Q&A with Rosabel
What are some reasons you hesitated to seek treatment?

I did not want to leave my family.

How have your relationships with friends and family improved or changed now that you are sober?

Everyone can count on me now. They trust me. I don't cause a scene or make a fool of myself. My family is so proud of me. I had to make some changes, especially in my personal life. I was divorced, and my relationship with my husband was toxic and very negative for me. I needed to get rid of all the toxicity in order for me to continue on my journey of recovery.

What areas of your life have improved post-treatment? In what other ways has recovery had a positive impact on your life, career, etc.?

I am happier, healthier, confident, and I did not think that this could ever happen. Sobriety has brought me so many blessings in my business, family, and personal life. The relationship I have with my children is extraordinary.

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Kyle

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More Photos of Kyle’s Journey:
Age Range
25 - 34
Years Struggled
10 Years
Sobriety Date
12/09/17

Profession: Area Supervisor in Retail

Status: Single

Hometown: New Oxford, PA (Gettysburg)

Drug of Choice: Alcohol

Rehab Facility: Recovery First

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Q&A with Kyle
What are some reasons you hesitated to seek treatment?

Like many addicts, I did not seek treatment because I did not think that I had a problem. I had not reached my rock bottom. I still had a job, a house, and my family was still in my corner.

Despite all of the obstacles to treatment, who or what ultimately convinced you to go? (what was the catalyst for you truly committing to go to rehab)?

Ultimately, the reason I had made a change in my life was that I had changed. I no longer wanted to die. I could no longer go on watching, knowing that I was killing myself. I saw the pain I was causing to the loved ones around me. My spirit had broken.

What areas of your life have improved post-treatment? In what other ways has recovery had a positive impact on your life, career, etc.?

Through this process of change, I have gained so much. I'm able to make plans and set goals for myself. Today, I travel and visit places I never thought possible. I also have a wonderful, fast growing career. I have real friends who share the same values and have similar dreams. Today, I'm able to give back and help others instead of needing help myself. The gifts of recovery are without end. I have a beautiful life, and for the first time, I now truly believe I have a positive future.

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Martin

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More Photos of Martin’s Journey:
Age Range
45 to 64
Years Struggled
18 Years
Sobriety Date
05/10/18

Profession: Graphic Artist

Status: Divorced w/kids

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Drug of Choice: Prescription Pain Killers

Rehab Facility: Solutions Recovery

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Q&A with Martin
What are some reasons you hesitated to seek treatment?

My drug of choice was prescription pills, and I took them as prescribed. I was going through some relationship issues, and that's when I started abusing them. I didn't think I had a problem.

Despite all of the obstacles to treatment, who or what ultimately convinced you to go? (what was the catalyst for you truly committing to go to rehab)?

I checked into a hotel room over three days. I was trying to end it all, and I wasn’t thinking about anything else, just getting it over with. After the third attempt, I woke up that morning thinking, what am I doing? What am I doing to my boys? That’s when I realized that there was something going on there. If I couldn’t even take my life, there must be a reason why. After that, I accepted the fact that my plan was not going to work, and that I had a problem and should probably seek help.

How has treatment/recovery changed the way you see yourself?

It changed me in a way where I know it's not just me. It’s made me aware that it’s not so much the substance abuse that I was dealing with. I can process things with a clear mind, and I can look at outcomes better than I had before. Before I just wanted to shut everything off. Knowing it was a disease helped.

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Summer

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More Photos of Summer’s Journey:
Age Range
35 to 44
Years Struggled
20 Years
Sobriety Date
05/18/19

Profession: Outside Sales Rep

Status: Divorced with kids

Hometown: Johnstown, PA

Drug of Choice: Cocaine, Fentanyl, Heroin and Methamphetamines

Rehab Facility: Oxford Treatment

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Q&A with Summer
What are some reasons you hesitated to seek treatment?

Living in chaos seemed more "normal" to me than not. I wasn't sure I could ever stop. I just felt hopeless.

What is the best part about recovery?

The best part of my recovery is going to sleep at night peacefully knowing that I am waking up with a meaningful purpose. I enjoy the little things now (fresh air, birds chirping, laughter), being a trustworthy person again. I know I will be a lifelong work in progress but I can look in the mirror and for once be proud of what I see inside and out. My dream is to give back what was given to me!

Despite all of the obstacles to treatment, who or what ultimately convinced you to go? (what was the catalyst for you truly committing to go to rehab)?

There was no convincing me to go this time. However, my biggest supporter was my sister. She has been suggesting and supporting my recovery from the start. I truly wanted to stop using drugs this round. I was beat down mentally, physically, and emotionally. I knew if I didn't go to treatment, my next stop would have been the morgue.

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Justin

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More Photos of Justin’s Journey:
Age Range
25 to 34
Years Struggled
7 Years
Sobriety Date
01/06/16

Profession: Roofing & Insurance Adjuster

Status: Single

Hometown: Norwalk, CT

Drug of Choice: Alcohol, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Heroin and Prescription Pain Killers

Rehab Facility: Greenhouse Treatment

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Q&A with Justin
What are some reasons you hesitated to seek treatment?

I thought I could do it on my own.

How have your relationships with friends and family improved or changed now that you are sober?

Friends don’t avoid me, and family is at ease knowing I am ok.

What areas of your life have improved post-treatment? In what other ways has recovery had a positive impact on your life, career, etc.?

Every way. In relationships, income, purpose, and no longer feeling hopeless and unhappy.

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Theodore

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More Photos of Theodore’s Journey:
Age Range
18 to 25
Years Struggled
3 Years
Sobriety Date
12/19/17

Profession: Mental Health admissions

Status: Single

Hometown: Dana Point, CA

Drug of Choice: Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Methamphetamines, and Prescription Pain Killers

Rehab Facility: Laguna Treatment

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Q&A with Theodore
What is the best part about recovery?

The ability to be happy without substances, being able to show up for my family and friends, and being able to help people who are struggling with addiction.

How have your relationships with friends and family improved or changed now that you are sober?

The people in my life trust me today, and because of the work I have put into my recovery, I am able to put their needs above my own self-interest, which was something I was never able to do while I was using.

What areas of your life have improved post-treatment? In what other ways has recovery had a positive impact on your life, career, etc.?

Every area of my life has improved. I've gotten to go back to school, begin a career, rebuild relationships, etc. Sobriety has unlocked endless opportunities in my life, and I am so unbelievably grateful.

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Tiffany

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More Photos of Tiffany’s Journey:
Age Range
35 to 44
Years Struggled
15 Years
Sobriety Date
05/15/18

Profession: Assistant Manager of a Bank

Status: Divorced w/kids

Hometown: Fair Lawn, NJ

Drug of Choice: Alcohol

Rehab Facility: Sunrise House

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Q&A with Tiffany
What are some reasons you hesitated to seek treatment?

I had been sober before, and I wasn’t sure it would work for me again. I convinced, or I thought I convinced, so many people in my life that I didn’t have a problem. I was afraid to leave my kids, job, and everyday life.

How have your relationships with friends and family improved or changed now that you are sober?

I have an amazing relationship with my children now. I have self-worth and no longer see myself as a victim of life. Life isn’t always perfect, but I now have the tools to make it through anything without needing to drink to numb my feelings.

Despite all of the obstacles to treatment, who or what ultimately convinced you to go? (what was the catalyst for you truly committing to go to rehab)?

I knew I wouldn’t stop without help. I was going to meetings on and off for 7 years after having over 4 years sober. My life was falling apart. My second marriage was over, and I was completely broken mentally, spiritually, and physically. A lot of my “I never” were happening, and it was only a matter of time before I hurt myself or someone else. It was my only option to stop living the way I was.

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Caitlin

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More Photos of Caitlin’s Journey:
Age Range
25 to 34
Years Struggled
15 Years
Sobriety Date
03/04/16

Profession: Counseling in substance abuse treatment facility

Status: Single

Hometown: Hamilton Square, NJ

Drug of Choice: Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Fentanyl, Heroin and Prescription Pain Killers

Rehab Facility: Sunrise House

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Q&A with Caitlin
What is the best part about recovery?

All of it! Is that an answer I’m allowed to give? I know my parents don’t worry so much that I’m dead or missing, and I have freedom from the insanity that comes along with addiction. Plus, I don’t have to wake up sick anymore. My life has improved immeasurably in so many ways.

How has treatment/recovery changed the way you see yourself?

I no longer hate myself, and for the first time in my life since I was very young, I no longer fantasize about killing myself. I don’t talk poorly of myself, either inside my head or to others, and I have self-respect and can look myself in the mirror.

What areas of your life have improved post-treatment? In what other ways has recovery had a positive impact on your life, career, etc.?

I started on the road to becoming a full-time substance abuse counselor about a year ago, and I hope to be able to really help others in the future. I have some money in my bank account, a great relationship with family and friends, and I don’t have to worry so much about the consequences of my actions anymore because I know I’m not adding anything negative to the pile. I also met my husband-to-be in recovery and will be getting married next year. People can trust me again, and I can trust me.

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Michael

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More Photos of Michael’s Journey:
Age Range
35 to 44
Years Struggled
8 Years
Sobriety Date
11/11/17

Profession: Retired Disabled Army Veteran

Status: Married w/kids

Hometown: Florence, South Carolina

Rehab Facility: Recovery First

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