As treasured alumni of our drug and alcohol rehab center, our clients become our family. We are so proud of all of them, and are here for them long after they graduate the program. Here are some of Foundations Wellness Center client testimonials and before-and-after photos, to give inspiration to all who are currently struggling with addiction as well as to their family members.
“The picture on the left is me in active addiction. I struggled with drug addiction for many years before admitting I had a problem. I truly tricked myself into thinking I was a responsible adult. I was able to put on a persona that everything was okay with my life, but realistically I didn’t want to get off my couch. I had no ambition to better myself. My disease progressed more and more, and it got so bad that I turned away from my family, friends and everyone who loved me… all in order to feed my addiction. My life seemed hopeless.
The picture on the right is me today! In only five months, I have taken the steps to set my life on the right track. I am involved with AA, I have a sponsor and a job to keep me accountable, and I no longer wake up with a feeling of hopelessness. I keep a positive routine of healthy living. Originally I joined AA to stop drinking and using drugs, but I have found that AA can also make me a better person. My family is happy to see me today, and they never gave up on me, even through everything I put them through. Slowly but surely my life is changing for the better.” – July 9, 2019
“The picture on the left is me after a 10-year run, checking into Foundations. I was completely broken physically, mentally and spiritually. I destroyed my body, friendships, relationships and my career. I lived in complete isolation and pushed away anyone who tried to get close to me. I was in complete denial that I had a problem. I had no idea what treatment could do for me, as I never gave it a chance.
Today, on the right, I am happy, but most importantly, healthy. I weighed 80 pounds when I got here. I would cover the physical damage up with sweatshirts and flannels and the emotional damage with drugs and alcohol. Today I am proud of the person I am becoming, but I still have a lot to learn. Foundations staff saved my life. They gave me all the tools necessary to move forward in my recovery. Special shout out to those who talked me off the ‘comfort curb’ multiple times and pushed me to continue when I had nothing left to give. I am beyond grateful for this new lease on life, and, for the first time, I can confidently say I am excited for the future.” – July 2, 2019
“The picture on the left is of me in the worst of my addiction, I struggled for many years with it. I made some very poor decisions in my teenage years that got me involved in the legal system way too young. I didn’t want to accept that anyone could help me accept myself. I am not the kind of person who figured this out my first time getting sober. I put material things in front of my program of recovery, which in turn pushed me to go back to that life of drugs and alcohol. I was extremely hopeless at the end of my run, I am blessed that I was willing to return to the rooms of AA. The picture on the right is me with almost six months of sobriety. I have learned that the amount of time I have sober is not my ultimate goal. My goal is to have a solid state of mind, and be able to hold a steady job today! I have a sponsor who has helped me tremendously, who I am not afraid to turn to when I’m struggling. My life has completely changed for the better. I came into this program to stop using drugs and alcohol, but I have found that this program can make me a better person! ” – June 25, 2019
“I never saw myself getting clean or living a sober lifestyle. The drugs and alcohol began to define who I was as a person and I allowed myself to become okay with that thought. Ninety-six days ago my family intervened when they heard my silent cries for help and helped show me that the way I was living was really me merely surviving and that if I was willing to take suggestions and accept help from people, I could finally start living again. These past few months have been full of highs and lows, but the greatest gift of sobriety so far is finally being a part of my family again and feeling human again. The last few years, whenever I saw my reflection, I didn’t know the person staring back at me, but today I recognize the person in the mirror and it’s someone I’m proud of. I’m thankful for all the help from friends, family and at the staff at Foundations for having faith in me when I had little in myself.” – June 18, 2019
“Before sobriety I was miserable and wanted to die every day. I had no purpose in life, I lost my family and was no longer a mother. I hurt everyone around me and did things I never thought I would ever do. I was in and out of the hospital and developed pancreatitis due to drinking. Doctors told me I would die and that still wasn’t enough to stop me. I never thought I would have a life that I now have today. I celebrated a year last month and it was not easy but I was tired of how my life was before. I have an amazing relationship with God and apply the 12 steps to my everyday life. I help others every chance I get and strive to be a role model for others and to be a better person everyday. I’m a mother today. I’m a trustworthy and dependable employee. I have had a lot of ups and downs even in sobriety, but the most important thing is I don’t have to drink or use today. I can now deal with life issues in a positive way. “ – June 11, 2019
“So today I woke up with 1 year of continuous sobriety! It’s been a long, bumpy year, but I made it through with the help of my higher power. I added this picture of before (left) and after (right) as a visual of how bad it was and where I’m at today. I was probably 90 pounds soaking wet in that picture on the left. Today my life is better than I could have ever imagined and I can honestly say I love myself. Thank you to all my family and friends that helped me in any way this past year. I am extremely grateful for all of you!“ – June 4, 2019
“For over 10 years, I used every day. Material bottoms weren’t really a thing for me. It was always internal. During the last year or two of my active addiction, my main goal was death. I didn’t think there was any other way out. I’ve now found a new way to live with the help of Narcotics Anonymous. I have amazing women in my life that keep me in check. I’m actually in a healthy relationship. My family is back in my life. Today, I have over six months clean, and I never thought I’d be able to say that. Today, I’m proud of the woman I am and I live with integrity. I’ve still got a ways to go, but I’ll get there… one step at a time!” – May 28, 2019
A few months ago, Trey was living a totally hopeless and aimless life while struggling with drug addiction. The photo on the left is Trey, completely emaciated and mangled from his bout with drugs and alcohol. Everything that he loved and cherished in life had to get put on the back burner because his addiction was primary. The selfish and self-centered person that he became was a direct result of his alcoholism and addiction. It wasn’t until he was totally broken this time around that he went searching for a way to a better life beyond his demons.
The picture on the right is Trey with his family, now that he has five months of continuous sobriety. Paired with his program of recovery, his wife and kids are hIs primary focuses in life. He hopes to never lose track of what is most important to him. That is only possible by working a true program and getting uncomfortable with himself in order to grow and progress on a daily basis. The person that Trey has morphed into today is something that is truly inspiring. He devotes his time to helping others, which, in turn, helps him to stay sober. – May 21, 2019
“Addiction runs in my family. My mother is 16 years sober, and my father passed away from alcoholism. After his passing, things were never the same. I ran from myself and others, drugs hid me from reality. The things I’ve seen and went through – physical and emotional abuse – only strengthened my addiction. I simply did not want to be alive, I look back at the six years I did not want to wake up. That’s around the time I started my path to sobriety. Now, I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been. I no longer have those scary thoughts, today I love again. I’ve found a part of myself I did not think existed. Today I have a relationship with God and my family. I don’t feel alone anymore, for that, I am most grateful.” – May 14, 2019
Nate struggled for many years and found himself living in an abandoned house in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, off and on for 3 years! Totally beaten down and emaciated, Nate finally had enough and realized he needed to turn his life around, although it was not going to be easy. After a short treatment stay in Philadelphia, Nate decided to come down to Florida for a fresh start. Nate came through our program and something finally clicked for him. He humbled himself, took suggestions from people who have done it before him, and became super willing to do the next right thing. The pic on the right is Nate, who just celebrated one year of continuous sobriety, yesterday, May 6, 2019! There are no winners and losers when trying to get sober, only winners and learners. Nate has definitely learned from his mistakes of the past, that is why he does whatever he needs to do in order to move forward and never live the life he so previously dreaded. The inspiring young man he has morphed into today is a direct result of getting uncomfortable with yourself and having that desperation to change! – May 7, 2019
“I spent so many years addicted to drugs and alcohol, I knew no other way. That was my solution to all the good, bad, and indifferent events that would take place. I did not need an excuse to use. My family, friends, and employers have been tortured along the way. I came to Florida broken, with nothing to my name, and nearly cut off from all those who love me. Coming through treatment at Foundations Wellness Center’s program, I realized there are ‘normal’ people in the program and I don’t have to be an outsider anymore. I have a God today, of my understanding, and I work a program to the best of my ability. I realize that I am still human and I’m going to make mistakes. My life gradually gets better, one day at a time!” – April 30, 2019
“The last decade of my life was a whirlwind of chaos. Drugs became my solution to dull the physical, emotional, and spiritual pain I had been feeling for so long. I was in and out of detoxes, jails, psychiatric wards, and treatment centers. It wasn’t until I got honest with myself and decided to put in the work that I got anything out of any of the institutions I was placed in. Today, I work and live a program that has awarded me the ability to be a good mother, friend partner, and employee. I have achieved more in the last five months than I was ever able to in the last 10 years. I am eternally grateful for those who came before me and built this path to recovery.” – April 23, 2019
The picture on the left is Jerry just arriving at Foundations Wellness Center for treatment. After struggling with drugs and alcohol for many years, Jerry left New Jersey determined to get his life together…the willingness was there. Although there were times when Jerry had trouble with letting go of what was comfortable to him back up north, he knew he wasn’t ready to go back to New Jersey and try to live sober. He needed more time away from the chaos. He made a decision to stay here in Florida – he wanted recovery, and he worked relentlessly. He was ready for a change.
The picture on the right is Jerry with over one year of continuous sobriety. He is just as involved as anyone we know. He sponsors a handful of young men, and is always 100% willing to help others. Jerry is the kind of guy who will never leave someone out, no matter who they are. His actions speak volumes every day. Jerry is a very positive role model and a great friend. – April 16, 2019
“The picture on the left is me in active addiction treating life like a giant joke. Ten minutes after that picture, I was in the back of a cop car ready to be taken to jail. I put my addiction before everything I once held dear in my life. I could not understand why I couldn’t control my problems, my life was completely unmanageable. For years I fought to be a social drinker. Willpower was not enough for me. On my own I had no chance.
When I made the decision to stop drinking and drugging, I immediately felt the weight lifted off my shoulders. But just that decision to stop is not enough to keep me on the right track. I have to ask myself what am I doing today to better my life, to live my life to the best quality? I have to keep positive people in my life today. I have found peace in the fact that it’s okay to ask for help if I am struggling. I gave up trying to do everything on my own, and in return I have been blessed with the chance to help others.
The picture on the right is me today. On April 11th, by the grace of God, I will have one year of continuous sobriety. Before that, I hadn’t been sober in 14 years. I’ve been able to start the path to reinvent my self, the strength to strive to become a better person today then I was yesterday. Progress not perfection, always one day at a time.” – April 9, 2019
Ryan came through our program and has accumulated close to 4 months of continuous sobriety. To say the least, it was not easy! The picture on the left is Ryan during his intake, after coming to us from detox. He was still looking rough around the edges, which is an understatement. Over the years, Ryan battled with opiate and methamphetamine addiction which led him to a hopeless state of body and mind. The only way out was to seek help. Once he succumbed to the fact that he indeed needed help, that small glimmer of hope began to enter into his life. Ryan was so beaten down when he entered detox that he was willing to do things differently and take suggestions from people who came before him.
The picture on the right is Ryan present-day, approaching 4 months of sobriety. He has come such a long way in a short amount of time. He remains willing to take suggestions and has came to believe in a power greater than himself to solve all of his problems. We are so proud of Ryan and the beacon of hope he has grown into. From hopeless to hopeful, what a beautiful thing it is to witness! – March 19, 2019
Alumni Ayse successfully completed our program and now has seven months of continuous sobriety. But her story wasn’t always filled with rainbows and butterflies.
The pic on the left is Ayse during her active addiction that she has battled with for many years and thought she could never overcome. Her addiction consumed her entire life. She was so beaten down by this unforgiving disease that she finally surrendered and went seeking the help she needed all along. Even then, she was faced with many challenges on her journey. She was able to muster up the strength needed to move forward in life and to pave a better way of living.
The pic on the right is Ayse, who now has 7 months of continuous sobriety as previously mentioned. She has pushed herself through uncomfortable times and uses what she has gained to help others battling this disease. She is such a joy to be around. Ayse is a prime example of why you should never give up on yourself and to keep moving forward in life. – March 5, 2019
Alumni Ryan has come an extremely long way. The picture on the left is Ryan, drinking like a fish, partying like a rock star, and never knowing when to throw in the towel during his active addiction. After having a short-term length of sobriety he found himself back in the same predicament, not knowing which way to turn. He found himself working a job in NYC, indulging in acts that were extremely detrimental to his well being until the pain was finally great enough for him to make a decision to turn his life around. He came back down to Florida in January of 2018, and now has 13 months of continuous sobriety, including nights and weekends!
The picture on the right is Ryan, living the dream! He dove back into the program, remained uncomfortable, took strides and risks in life to get to the point in his recovery where he is at now. He always puts his hand out to help others and has humbled himself into a magnificent person inside and outside of the recovery community. Today, Ryan has obtained a life that is not worth giving up. Situations in life happen which are out of his control – the only difference today is that he now has a solution to deal with those LIFE situations, whereas before, he would pick up and start using all over again. – February 26, 2019
“From April 20, 2017, when I was living in Southern California, my days consisted of smoking meth and drinking; then going to work, and continuing to party all night with about 10-15 hours in a week. Stopped smoking meth after 3 months after I lost 20 pounds and was destroyed in every way. For the past year I was drinking beer all day, everyday, and living dollar to dollar. If beer wasn’t involved, I wasn’t involved. I had no friends, just drinking buddies. And the few friends I had, I hid and lied about everything. Not until November 2, 2018, when I decided to make that decision and get help. I’ve had enough pain and put my family through enough pain (especially my Mom and Dad). November 3, 2018 is my sobriety date and the best day of my life. God is good all the time, and if I can do it, anyone can.” – February 19, 2019
The photo on the left is alumni Kylie while still fighting this terrible disease of addiction. Kylie lived on the streets and after countless times of trying to get sober, the disease was just too powerful for her to overcome by herself.
Failing to gain sobriety after numerous treatment attempts, there was still a ton of fight left in her, followed by her will to change her life around. The pain was finally great enough for her to fully surrender and to search for a solution which would work best for her. Her desperation, determination, and willingness are just a few of the traits that would characterize her faith in that something greater is in store.
The picture on the right is Kylie, who, just 6 months earlier could have never imagined living life with a constant smile on her face! The progress she has made is a true testament of how a person can move past the dark times and enter a life so full of joyous times. Life will always throw you curveballs, but the key component is having the right mentality to deal with those life situations, without needing to pick up drugs or alcohol. – January 29, 2019
The picture on the left is alumni Michael “Benji” caught up in the chaotic life of drug addiction. The picture on the right is Benji today, free from alcohol and drugs. This man came to us broken and in search of a new way of life. We never once heard an excuse out of Benji’s mouth as he set himself to the task of getting sober. A true warrior, he has had much success since turning over a new leaf.
Today Benji works at Foundations Wellness Center in business development. He does everything he can to help those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to get the help so desperately need. He is also now an active participation in the lives of his family members, too. – December 18, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Molly, too ashamed of herself to even look at the officer taking her photo. The picture on the right is Molly, filled with joy over her new life in recovery. Molly is a special story. It took many tries for her to truly get a grasp of the program after treatment. Nevertheless, the experience of jail and the pain that coincided with it were enough to motivate her into action.
The many chances Molly has have received are a prime example that you are never down for the count. As long as you keep fighting there is always hope! – December 4, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Brandon, dealing with the pain and agony of everyday life in active addiction. The picture on the right is Brandon with his beautiful mother, present day, with nearly three months of continuous sobriety. The difference in smiles in both pictures speaks volumes of what sobriety has to offer you in life. Brandon was able to recognize that his life was going down the wrong path and that he was doomed if he was not willing to accept help and change for the better. Brandon came into our program shattered, empty, and hopeless. He has worked hard over these last few months on fixing himself internally, as he dove into the program head first. He is a true testament that we do recover and there is always a glimmer of hope down that dark tunnel of active addiction. If you are willing to change, take suggestions, and get uncomfortable with yourself, there is always a way out! – November 27, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Samantha still caught up in active addiction. The picture on the right is Sam with almost 17 months of continuous sobriety. Samantha came to us completely broken and through her hard work and dedication to a life of recovery she has grown into quite the beacon of hope!
We are so proud of you Samantha and hope you receive many blessings for your hard work. You have become a shining example of what sobriety looks like to young women in recovery! Keep being you Sam! – November 6, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Patrick in active addiction, out partying and drinking like a fish! It may look as if Patrick was having the time of his life, but on the inside the overflowing amounts of pain certainly did not match his smile. Patrick was sick and tired of living a double life, and the pain was great enough for him to finally make a life-changing decision.
Today, Patrick lives a life full of pure joy. He now has the chance to help others who decide to start a new journey in life. He is able to build solid relationships and be a constant reminder to people struggling that miracles do happen, as long as you are willing to deal with life on life’s terms. More importantly, regardless of what life throws at you, it is never a reason to pick up a drink or a drug! – October 31, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Toni when she first arrived with us. The picture just doesn’t do it justice. Toni was completely broken and ready for a change in her life, and she found it through her hard work and perseverance.
Toni has become a solid alumni for our program and a shining example for new women in the program. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it and sometimes a fresh start is the foundation for something beautiful to occur. – October 23, 2018
The picture on the left is Alumni Imad looking sickly from his ongoing addiction problems. The picture on the right is the changed man that he is today. Imad came in like he has many times before: broken and unable to string together 5 days of sobriety. Now, Imad walks today as a man rejuvenated by the program. He has literally grown from a boy to a self-sufficient man in the two years he has been sober. He is an active alumni and an even more active member of the program. – August 28, 2018
The picture on the left is a picture of alumni Erica under the influence. The picture on the right is Erica dressed to the nines, living her best life. Erica has over one year of continuous sobriety and continues to carry the message to the addict/alcoholic that still suffers. She is a woman of grace and integrity today. – August 14, 2018
The picture you see on the left is alumni Chris prior to getting clean and sober. The injury that appears on his eye is from throwing up excessively during withdrawal. The picture on the right, however, is Chris free from the madness of active addiction. He now walks a free man, a contributing member to his community. He is a glorious example of what someone can achieve if they set their mind to it! – August 7, 2018
The picture on the left is our alumni Brigitte, in the hospital during active addiction battling an infection which almost caused her to be brain dead from this deadly disease. The picture on the right is Brigitte present day, healthy and enjoying her life, free from the throes of addiction. Today, Brigitte has a choice, simply because she was willing to make changes in her life for the better! – July 31, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Lauren in the throes of active addiction, at the end of her rope. The picture on the right is Lauren enjoying life; happy, joyous, and free! Lauren was one of our first clients here at Foundations Wellness Center, who came into treatment determined to change her life around. Lauren just recently celebrated two years of continuous sobriety and lives a life free of the pain and true despair that once had a stranglehold on her. Today, Lauren can enjoy the time spent with her beautiful family as she strives towards reaching her goals, one day at at time. – July 17, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Samantha at the end of her run, having to dry out in a jail cell. The picture on the right is Samantha free from the bondage of active addiction. The grass is not always greener on the other side but it sure was for Samantha! Seeing the lack of hope in her eyes on the left compared to the happiness in them on the right, should be all the proof anyone needs that this program works if you work it! Samantha is a prime example of what can be done if you take suggestions and keep your eye on the prize! – July 3, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Samantha in the midst of active alcoholism and drug addiction. However, the picture on the right is Sam with almost six months of continuous sobriety. Sam is a great example to new clients on how to maintain sobriety after treatment. Her undying service to our alumni program, and the community around her, sets her apart. – June 19, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Jeri in her Department of Corrections Monday outfit, lost and unable to separate from a life of drugs. The picture on the right is Jeri happy, full of life, and free of drugs and alcohol. Jeri is a wonderful example of being down and out, but not down for the count. She has overcome multiple relapses and is on the right track to long standing sobriety. – June 5, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Colleen completely malnourished and beaten down from drug abuse. The picture on the right is Colleen happy, healthy and full of life. She has been an active alumni, and sets the standard for our new female clients here at Foundations Wellness Center. The recovery community is a better place with Colleen in it! – May 29, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Mitch in the midst of his active addiction. He may look to be having a good time, but the pain got great enough for Mitch to make a change. The picture on the right is Mitch free from the throws of addiction. Mitch is an active alumni and chooses life today. – May 22, 2018
The picture on the left is alumni Jose before he found his way into sobriety. The picture on the right is Jose present day with almost 8 months of sobriety. The joy has definitely returned to Jose’s life and he takes his recovery very seriously. He is a solid member of the community and he has grown to be a man anyone can count on. – May 1, 2018
The picture on the left is Foundations Wellness Center alumni Taylor on her graduation day from high school. Obviously it wasn’t her healthiest moment in time. The picture on the right is Taylor with over 90 days sober. Taylor is active in her community and is a great example to women in early recovery. – April 24, 2018
The picture on the right is an emaciated Steve in the midst of active addiction. The picture on the right is Steve after 3 years of continuous sobriety. Steve has had many ups and downs through his time in recovery, but one thing never wavered. His faith in his higher power, and the 12 step fellowship he chose to call home. Steve came to us as an IOP client fresh out of prison. Knowing he needed extra accountability as he transitioned back to the real world, Steve cleared the wreckage of his past and now lives a life free of the bondage of self. – April 10, 2018
The picture on the left is Jessica in a hopeless state of mind and body. The picture on the right is Jessica with a new lease on life. What a beautiful comeback story about a woman who took the suggestions that were offered to her and ran with them! Jessica is an alumni story we like to tell often here. The adversity she as had to overcome in sobriety is nothing short of a miracle. – March 20, 2018
The picture on the left is Christina running on self will, fully addicted with no way out. The picture on the right is Christina present day. Living free of the bondage of addiction. Christina is living proof that no matter how many times you try, recovery is always there for you if you keep coming back and give it an honest effort. – March 6, 2018
The picture on the left is Justin at the end of the road in active addiction. The picture on the right is Justin and a close family friend at a youth sports banquet in his hometown. Present day. Although these pictures are separated by almost two years, we know Justin remembers the day he came to us like it was yesterday. Foundations Wellness Center is proud to have Justin as one of our alumni and we commend him on all he has accomplished in sobriety. – February 27, 2018
The picture you see on the left is Mike caught in the web of active addiction. The picture on the right is Mike with over four years sober. In the throws of addiction he could accomplish little without his next fix. As a sober man, Mike heads up our operations team and is of extreme value to us. Even more than that, he is a family man we can all learn from. – February 6, 2018