Prior to getting clean, I was a high school drop out who never really went anywhere with regard to education and travel. When I got clean on December 11, 1996 things changed. I went back to school and got my GED. I decided I wanted to go to college and did. I earned my associates degree with a major in graphic arts. I was a graphic designer for marketing firms, advertisement agencies, and major corporations designing retail packaging and ad campaigns for years after earning my degree. My passion for helping others and being of service always resonated within me and that’s when I shifted my career focus to working with recovering addicts and alcoholics. I went back to school and earned my bachelors in science with a major in psychology. I am enrolled at USC’s masters in social work with hopes to take helping others to the next level.
As a result to being in recovery, I have been fortunate enough to travel. I recently went back to New York for vacation and had the very best time. I went to Ellis Island, Liberty Island, saw the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, attended a number of plays, and spent time with friends who live in New York. I would have never treated myself to such a trip while in active addiction, nor would I have even wanted to go to New York. Today, the world has so many promising adventures waiting for me. It is up to me to take advantage of them.
I have found freedom in my recovery. In the light of sobriety, each day I look forward helping others find their path toward freedom from addiction.