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 when I came into Foundations on June 21, 2019. I was totally broken and had just come from my second detox center. I definitely did not want to admit that I needed help, much less go to treatment. But, I knew I was going to die if I didn’t do something. May was probably the worst month of my life. I was sicker than I had ever been, and I wanted my husband to kill me. I even asked him to get a gun and blow my brains out because I didn’t want to live the way I was living anymore. After a five-day detox center stay in North Carolina, he picked me up and we immediately went to buy heroin. I was so sick that I vomited in my shoe as soon as I got into the car. I only had relief for a couple of hours, and then I was sick again. The next morning, we decided to look into treatment centers in Florida. I detoxed in Boynton Beach for several days, and then I was taken to Foundations in Port St. Lucie.
I knew this treatment center was different than anywhere else I’d ever been… so I decided to embrace all the information I was given and give it everything I had. Within a month of being in treatment, I got news that my husband had passed away. I did end up relapsing on August 8, because life sucks sometimes, but I haven’t jeopardized my sobriety since. With all the terrible things that have happened to me, and continue to happen to me since I’ve been here – like being sued by my in-laws, totaling a new car within seven days of purchasing it, and experiencing chronic pain – I still get up every morning and do what I’m supposed to do. I don’t live life perfectly, because no one can do that, but I fight when I need to fight, and I push through on tough days. My life has miraculously been transformed, and sometimes I forget how grateful I really should be. Luckily, today, I have amazing people in my life to remind me.” – January 7, 2020
“The picture on the left shows me in my ‘natural state.’ The state I was in for years. The only state my son ever knew, and the state my family wished they never saw. I became a stranger to my friends and family. Even on the rare occasions I was home, I was usually locked up in my room. ‘Mama’s sleeping,’ is what my mom always told my son when he asked where I was. Drugs and alcohol took a front seat to everyone and everything in my life.
On December 15, 2016, I was at one of my lowest points in life. That was the day I was found passed out in the car with my two-month-old baby in the back. There was nothing that was going to keep me from getting or doing what I wanted. Drugs were not my problem though; they were merely my solution. The road to discovering this was a long, bumpy, and exhausting road to travel. In July 2019, my eyes were opened to the real problem… me.
A string of events landed me in a detox in Ft. Pierce, FL. After experiencing one of the worst detoxes of my life, I was transferred to Foundations where I met the people that would help save my life. Seeing that I’m not the only person that thinks the way I do, that I’m not the only one to lose custody of a child due to drugs and alcohol, I’m not the only one who doesn’t feel right inside, helped me to realize that I’m not as different as I thought. I’m not the only one who decided to challenge God instead of accepting the things that I could not change. I have a little over five months of sobriety today and everyday becomes more clear as to the person I am supposed to be. I have a very supportive family, understanding friends, a loving boyfriend, and Foundations Wellness Center to thank for that.” – December 31, 2019
“That picture of me in active addiction was my intake photo from the last detox I went through. As you can see, I was broken physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I firmly believe that I would have died if I had continued on. The pain and suffering became great enough to fully concede to my innermost self that I could not continue like this, and that I had to listen to all of the suggestions that were given to me in my 30 previous attempts at treatment.
Now, my sobriety date is June 4, 2018, and I just celebrated 18 months of continuous sobriety earlier this month. Today, I have my family and friends back in my life and I can actually be trusted now. My relationship with my family is stronger than it has ever been. Everyday I wake up sober is a blessing. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my higher power, friends, family and definitely my Foundations family. I’m extremely grateful for everyone I have come across on this journey that has helped me in any way!” – December 24, 2019
“The picture on the left shows me in August 2018, at my best friend’s graduation. I couldn’t show up for her clean. I made what should’ve been her day all about me. I was sick, broken, and had no hope. I remember wondering if I’d ever get this thing right. I was in and out of treatment and detox facilities for two years.
Finally, I had enough. I knew if I was going to stay clean, I needed to start working toward my goals and having a future. I went back to school and I am now a licensed EMT. I start paramedic school next fall. I never thought any of this could be possible, but, because I stayed clean, I’m able to be successful and be what I’ve set out to be.
This year, my best friend asked me to be her maid of honor in her wedding. Last year, I couldn’t be trusted, and this year I’ve gained that trust back. I have a career, and I’m grateful for everyone who never gave up on me.” – December 17, 2019
“I’m beyond grateful for these last four months of my life. I’ve been in and out of rehabs, sober living and the rooms for over six years now, never putting together more than a month or two outside of rehab before I picked back up and restarted all over again.
This time around, I did things very differently. I went to IOP on a daily basis, I went to meetings, I got a sponsor on my second day sober, I I started working the steps right away, and got involved in the community.
I was desperate to stay sober and stop this vicious cycle I could not get out of. This time around, early sobriety was by no means smooth sailing. There have been many bumps in the road, with the loss of important people in my life, along with stubbornness, selfishness, and a resistance to change. However, it’s all taught me valuable lessons in early sobriety and has helped me get a better look at myself.
I’m grateful today for my sobriety, the people in my life, the heartaches I’ve endured, and the way that everything has played out. It’s all pushed me closer to spirituality and has given me a psychic change.” – December 10, 2019
“The first picture is one of many intake photos I have taken in my life. I walked into treatment an empty shell of a human being, my life having been ruled by drugs and alcohol for 10 years at that point. I was suicidal and just about at the limit of what I could take. I came down to Florida, didn’t take any suggestions for six months, and received the same results I always had. A lonely relapse was what finally opened my eyes to the fact that something had to change.
The second picture is me with nine months of sobriety. Immediately after getting the drugs out of my system, I chased the happiness and freedom I saw in my friends who had put together some time. I did what they were doing… and ended up with the same benefits.
Sobriety has given me my family back as well as a strong backbone of friends that I never had before in my life. I manage to be a productive member of society. Life isn’t perfect in sobriety, but thanks to the gift of recovery, I no longer have a need to use drugs or alcohol to navigate it.” – December 3, 2019
“When I came to Foundations, I was broken. My parents cut me off, my best friend and Godson were completely removed from my life, and I lost everything important to me.
Today, in a short 14 months sober, I have my family back, my friends back, and my self respect back.
‘A life beyond my wildest dreams’ means more to me than you could imagine. I am a direct result of the work I did, being put out into action. My life is immeasurable, and I am forever grateful.
If this can work for me, it can definitely work for anyone!” – November 26, 2019
“I loved alcohol. I loved the way it made me feel. I loved the way it made me act. I loved myself and everyone around me. I loved alcohol until it rendered me powerless. I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning without a drink first. I planned my days around which liquor store would be open when and where. Everything was great if I had a drink, and if I didn’t… well, let’s say, “run and hide.” On more than one occasion, under the spell of alcohol, I tried to take my own life.
I entered into treatment at Foundations because it finally became clear to me that nothing outside of alcohol mattered to me; not my family, not my children, not my life. I was completely powerless, broken and fed up. I wanted better, and the staff at Foundations showed me that I was capable of achieving a better life.
Today I am a proud member of AA, a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend. The past four months of sobriety have given me my will back. I am happy, I am joyous, and I am free from the shackles of alcohol. I wish only to continue on this path to recovery, helping others realize that they never have to feel that way ever again; just as Foundations helped me.” – November 19, 2019
On the left, Zach’s mom tells us on how he was in active addiction. The picture on the top right is Zach in the hospital, recovering from an overdose, and the one on the bottom right is him present day. The difference is amazing! In his own words:
“In active addiction, I was a complete mess. I tore through everyone’s life that I touched. I lived a meaningless life. I was soulless and heartless… and one day I was lifeless. I am delusional about a lot of things, so attached is a photo of what my mother would have to say about me in active addiction.
Since getting sober, God has put all sorts of things into my life. I have the best job that I’ve ever had in my life, with the best employers. I can be trusted to do what I say I will do. I’ve entered into a new relationship with a girl more amazing than my wildest dreams. I get to be helpful to people every single day. And God has taken the obsession to use drugs away from me.
Is life perfect? No. Not even close. I mess up on a daily basis. I’m still selfish sometimes. I’m still learning how to be the best son, brother and boyfriend. But I open my eyes every morning to a life better than I could have ever imagined. And you can too. I’d be happy to help show you how.” – November 12, 2019
“I have always known that I had a problem with handling my emotions. I was an emotional eater from age 14 until now. I was bullied and developed eating disorders because of my weight.. I never felt comfortable in my own skin. I relied on food for my comfort until I found men, alcohol, and drugs. I used anything and everything to fix the void inside me. When they stopped working, I turned to self- harm. I just wanted to feel how I thought everyone looked compared to me. They seemed confident and happy. I have had many relapses and visited three treatment centers until I finally decided I had been through enough. With the knowledge already imprinted in my mind from my first few attempts. I knew I had to do it for myself this time. I am so proud of how far I have come, and refuse to let anything come before my recovery. It is one of the most precious gifts i could have ever been given.” – November 5, 2019
In the first picture he was at the beginning of a relapse, having just started using again. He was totally miserable and spiritually dead. The reason Chris relapsed is because, in his own words: “I tried to do the program, and still live my old lifestyle… the fast life.” He had to learn the hard way, and continue to try and control his own will. His life quickly went downhill. Finally, he surrendered and asked for help.
The second picture is of Chris checking into Foundations, totally out of control after just six months of using.
“The first picture is me in active addiction. I felt broken, ashamed, and tired. I was literally in hell. My addiction brought me to places I never thought I’d experience in my life. I hurt the people that loved me the most. including my daughter. All I cared about was myself. I wasn’t sure what to do next, but I knew I needed to change the way I was living.
“The picture on the left is me in active addiction, I did not realize at the time but I had no control over my life at all! The last four years of my life had gotten so bad that I had a constant feeling of hopelessness. My addiction took me to a very dark place in life, but luckily my family never gave up on me. Today I have four Months sober! I started with a goal of staying clean long enough to not be dependent on drugs and alcohol, and with the help of Foundations, I was able to not only stay clean but get to the root of my addiction and acquire the tools to better my life in all aspects!” – October 15, 2019
“The first photo is of me in 2013 at the beginning of my addiction. I was always using substances to cope with problems that I had, not realizing where it would lead me. The second photo is of me at my best friend’s wedding, finally being able to be present for those who love and care about me.
Before beginning my journey in recovery, I was never able to live in the moment and enjoy those around me. I was always running from my problems and using substances as an escape from reality… Today I can live my life without being a slave to my addiction and when problems arise, I can face them head on without running away. My journey to where I am now wasn’t easy but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am able to live life to the fullest today and I owe it all to my higher power, the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the care of those at Foundations.” – October 8, 2019
“The picture on the left is me at my worst, I was broken down, beaten up and didn’t feel like I was supposed to have a meaningful life. My addiction took me to places where I never want to be again. I struggled with letting down my family and feeling like I was not the man that God made me to be. The more I tried to do everything on my own, the worse it got for me. I was I unwilling to accept help from anyone at all. Although my family never gave up on me I felt as if I’d almost gave up on myself. I lost all hope and finally went through enough pain to want to change.
The picture on the right is me today, I have worked hard at my sobriety and never gave up, I was stubborn in my addiction, so I decided to be stubborn about my sobriety. I just didn’t pick up or give up, no matter what. It was not the easiest road, but this is what I needed to become the man I am transforming into today. Yesterday, on September 30, 2019, I celebrated one year of continuous sobriety! I am truly grateful for the people in my life today and everyone who has helped me in the journey!” – October 1, 2019
The picture of on the left was me in active addiction. I was broken down, selfish, depressed, suicidal, unreliable, a liar, cheater and scam artist. I struggled for over 10 years and never accepted any help because I didn’t recognize that the problem was me. I abandoned my family, friends, jobs and everything that I had to my name for just one more fix, but it was never enough to fill the black hole of a void that was in my soul. I was given all the opportunities a girl could dream of, but was too self-centered to realize it or care about it. When my parents found me overdosed, I finally gave up the fight and decided to give myself a chance.
Fast forward 14 months to the picture on the right – I am an entirely new woman. My clean date is August 10, 2018. I accepted the helped I needed. By no means did I do it perfectly or right the first time, but I finally surrendered and took the suggestions. I changed EVERYTHING. I came down to Florida with no one but myself and it’s been the biggest blessing. Today I am a daughter, a sister, an employee, a friend, a support for other women and, most importantly, an aunt to the most beautiful little girl I’ve ever seen. Today I’m filled with so much joy and happiness that I can’t contain it sometimes. I’m held accountable, I have responsibilities, and I try my best to be a better person than I was yesterday. I still make mistakes, but I remain teachable. The program of NA saved my life. I let go and let God! Today I can give away what was so freely given to me. Today I have a solution, I have tools, I have the most immaculate support system, and know that I’m never alone. Today I am free. Thank you for letting me share.” – September 24, 2019
“I struggled with my addiction for over 10 years. During those 10 years, I was able to put some time together, using only sheer will. In those periods of time when I was sober, I still wasn’t content with life. Overall, I was an unhappy person. I would try to forget the fact that I was an addict and live a normal life, but, every time. life had a way of reminding me that there was no forgetting. My runs of addiction were long and dark and took me to depths I thought I’d never go, just to feel well.
Today, with the support of this amazing sober community, I found happiness, passion and motivation. These are things I had given up on in my past. Every day is a journey and I can’t wait to see what this chapter of my life has for me. Thank you everyone that has been there for me and helped me get to this point.” – September 17, 2019
“My journey started out at around 11 years of age, with using substances and toxic behaviors to escape reality. I’m dually diagnosed; mental illness is a part of my story. I started cutting at 11, had bulimia at 16, and attempted suicide twice by the time I was 18. So when drugs came into my life, it was the perfect medicine for me. I was undiagnosed at the time.
Heroin was the first thing to make me feel like life was going to be alright, until I had enough emotional turmoil to end it again. Relapse and toxic relationships were the perfect combo for me until about 2017, when I’d sit back at family affairs and wonder how it was going to be once I was gone. I carried suicide notes on my person wherever I went. Drugs had finally brought me to the lowest point of despair and I attempted to end it one last time. Since then, I have been bouncing in and out of rooms all over the East Coast, trying to work the program my way, thinking I was different.
In April 2019, I found myself relapsing while staying at a halfway house – and bringing other people out with me. I was hitting a stem and sobbing in a small abandoned drug house in Richmond, Virginia… and I’m from Jersey. Something had to change.
Though feeling defeated and hopeless from attempting sobriety so many times, I decided to give rehab one more chance. This time, I would not act like I knew everything. I went to Mississippi and then reached out to a friend from my hometown who I had seen come to Port St. Lucie and thrive. And so I came to Port St. Lucie myself.
Through an amazing network and meetings, a great treatment center, and a God of my understanding, today I am five months sober and clean. From a junkie who couldn’t get 30 days to someone that has decided to remain teachable, humble, and willing, the peace I have today is like no other. Even though some days are going to suck, I love living today and stay in it.” – September 10, 2019
“I started my drinking career at the age of 11 or 12 in junior high school. I was the star point guard of my school’s team, so when my drinking was discovered, it was also excused. Along with drinking with my older brothers and cousins, I was also introduced to selling drugs. Making money – good money at that – at a young age made me very unappreciative of the value of money and what it takes to earn it.
At 13, I was given my first car, a Cadillac Eldorado. Because my family was well-known in the community, I was also introduced to a liquor store owner who enabled me to purchase liquor at 13, which wasn’t good for a beginning alcoholic. I started my boxing career at the age of 15, and continued with it, successfully, to heights one can only imagine. I was very successful as an amateur and extremely successful as a professional, gaining two World titles and fighting worldwide on TV over 15 times.
I continued to drink throughout my boxing career however. It started to take a toll on me physically, emotionally and mentally. I distanced myself from everyone because I had major trust issues. I blew thousands of dollars weekly on liquor, clubs, women, fake friends, cars, a house, apartments and other miscellaneous stuff. It all added up, to the point where I started to lose it. All of my so-called friends were gone. I could no longer afford so many different places, so I lost my out-of-state 8,000- or 9,000-square-foot house and all of apartments. Still, I didn’t see my drinking as a problem.
After blowing pretty much everything and losing all of the people around me, I decided to get married. I continued drinking throughout that marriage. My wife didn’t like my drinking, so, of course, I chose the bottle over her. I left her and we divorced. I was really struggling, but I continued to drink for years. Meanwhile, I was in and out of relationships, including being there for my two daughters.
Finally, I came to the realization that alcohol had ruined my life. By this time, I was on my second marriage and had been in four different facilities. What I learned, though, was that I was the problem and that alcohol controlled my life.
Now, I’m five months sober, and I realize that I am in the biggest and hardest fight of my life against my alcoholism. It’s an everyday fight for me, but I can’t drink no matter what. It’s a fight I realize that I cannot fight by myself. I have and will continue to grow a great support network, continue to go to meetings, and continually remind myself that today is my Step One Day, even if I have to repeat it to myself constantly.” – September 3, 2019
“I started using drugs and alcohol at a very young age as a way of dealing with my feelings of not being good enough or not fitting in. I have always used beyond my financial needs – to the point of lying, cheating, and stealing from anyone in order to support my habit. In active addiction, I have mentally and physically harmed my family as well as myself. I had made many attempts to end my own life by purposefully trying to OD to end the miserable cycle that kept repeating itself. I have been to countless treatment centers as well as detox with the same result in the end… a relapse from not doing any work on myself after my discharge.
I came to Foundations at 145 pounds and detoxed cold turkey on the couch at the house. It was miserable, but I made it through with the kind words and help from the staff. My first two weeks, I did not want to stay. I was miserable and hot-headed, but they did not give up on me. I’m here today because of the staff as well as the men and women around me who continue to support me – these people, I consider family. I work a strong AA program, I have a sponsor who has a sponsor, I take suggestions, I have a good understanding of the 12 steps and I and work them, because if I take one of those key components away from my life, I will end up where this disease has always taken me, or worse. Today I have my daughter in my life, which is a feeling I can’t even explain. I do the next right thing and help others on a daily basis. Life still happens, but I have the tools to get through one day at a time – sometimes one second at a time. Life is so much better now, and if this hopeless addict can get through it, anyone can.” – August 27, 2019
“I was introduced to the program of recovery at a young age when I was court-ordered to a rehab at 16. At that time, I had no idea how serious this disease is or how much it was going to truly be a part of me. Just to give you an example of how far down I went: Last year, I was Baker-Acted 15 times and arrested five. My weight dropped from 150 to 100 pounds. I became so depressed that I tried to commit suicide multiple times. Whether it was overdosing or walking toward oncoming traffic on I-95, I was exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally. My friends and family couldn’t even look at me because they saw the ugly truth that I couldn’t. They saw me dying a little more each day, right in front of their eyes. When I finally found my way back to this program, I was extremely lucky to have the gift of desperation, and to know what it was like having a fellowship of people in recovery,,, and how much I missed that support in my life.
Recently, I turned 21 and did not use. My clean date is 10/28/18. I never dreamed that I would be able to stay clean and be this happy. I was finally able to make progress in this program when I let go completely, asked/let others help me, humbled myself, and started putting the work in to better my life. I can honestly say I’ve never been so proud and grateful of the woman I am still growing to be today. But I will never let myself forget that scared little girl I was just a couple of months ago.” – August 20, 2019
The picture on the left is me in active addiction. I never thought that my use of drugs and alcohol would bring my life to the state that it was in. I grew up in a tight-knit community and I was from a good family. I graduated college and was set up to make a great life for myself. I had been drinking and using drugs since I was 15 years old, but I thought that I could control my habit. However my disease progressed and my willpower to stop was not enough. I’ve put my family through so much year after year, but they have been supportive throughout my entire addiction. I am forever grateful to have them in my life.
The picture on the right is of me present day, with almost six months sober. I have met some amazing people in my recovery process, I have a great sponsor, and a strong group of friends to help me stay accountable. I believe that’s what it took for me to start my path to becoming a better man. I have responsibilities and goals that I have set for myself, as well as a daily routine. I am so grateful for the way my life is today. – August 13, 2019
“My drug addiction became a way of life. I was a full blown drug addict at 19 years old and it took my life to unimaginable places. Jails, institutions, and death became what I perceived to be a normal life. When I decided to leave Philadelphia and go t.o Foundations Wellness Center in April of 2019, it was the best decision I could have made for myself. By living an honest life in recovery and participating in life, it’s opened my eyes to everything I have to look forward to. The 12 steps have changed my soul. None of this would be possible without God. My relationship with Him has given me a peace I didn’t know was possible. I no longer have to get my confidence from a pill bottle or dope bag. Words can’t describe how thankful I am to Foundations Wellness Center and their caring, compassionate staff for everything they’ve done to help me succeed in recovery.” – August 6, 2019
“I’ve struggled with addiction for over a decade. In the process, I compromised my physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. I’ve lost many job and educational opportunities, the trust of friends and family, and most importantly, my sense of self. I was once again blessed with an opportunity to turn my life around. Over the past few months, I took the opportunity and haven’t looked back. Today, I’m beyond grateful for the ability to wake up each day sober, clear-headed, and with another chance to be the man that God intends me to be. None of this would be possible without my family, friends, a solid program of recovery, and most importantly – a Higher Power.” – July 30, 2019
“For the last five and a half years, I’ve made many futile attempts at maintaining any significant length of sobriety. Continuing to run from my problems, I’ve struggled wherever I’ve ended up. Whether it be here or Pennsylvania, my problems and past continued to haunt me. No geographic change could provide the relief I was looking for. I lived a bleak existence of building my life up slowly and then destroying it all, dragging family and friends through the mud with me.
Fortunately, my family and friends never gave up on me. I owe so much to the people around me in Florida and back home. My family has been so understanding and supportive through this while process. The true friends I’ve made down here have always been behind me and have helped pick me up despite falling constantly. I’m a firm believer that you are who you surround yourself with. I owe my minor success this time around to family and friends who have shown me that life is not so much about what you have in material things, but how connections and friendship can lead to a lifetime of great times and happiness.” – July 23, 2019
In the first picture on the left, I was on my first run at treatment. I had been doing drugs and drinking alcohol for 13 years. I always thought I was doing drugs and alcohol just for fun; I never thought I had a problem until I couldn’t afford to get it anymore. I never believed that I was an alcoholic either, and when everyone called me one, I just thought they were crazy because it wasn’t true. I turned myself into treatment to get help, did well, and ended up relapsing after six months. I was in and out of treatment, detox, and halfway houses. I’d only stay for maybe two weeks and then leave because I would get scared and ran from my problems. I had overdosed two times in a two-month span. I would isolate myself and not talk to anyone – not even my family.
When I was in detox, Marisa found me broken mentally, physically and emotionally, and that’s when I came back to Foundations again. And when I came back to Foundations for my fourth and final round, it wasn’t easy – it was hard. I didn’t like myself, but, with the hard work of the Foundations team, I have started to like myself a little more each day. Where am I now? On Saturday, I’ll have six months sober. That’s the second picture. I have a sponsor, I have finished my AA steps, I go to meetings, and soon I’m going to start sponsoring other women. It’s just crazy how my life has changed in just a short amount of time. I’m working and actually doing something; I’m working hard toward my goals in life. I wouldn’t be able to do it without the team at Foundations. You have changed my life! – July 16, 2019
“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 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