CLIENT SUCCESS STORIES
AT ROOTS RECOVERY
Shared Experiences to Give Others Strength & Hope for Recovery
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
ABOUT ROOTS RECOVERY
– Joe M.
“I can honestly say that I think Roots saved my life. I didn’t really see a future past 27 when I was in the midst of my addiction. Now I find myself with the opportunity to help others that are in the situation I once was. I went from not being able to go 24 hours sober to being a full-time student, while also working to support myself. My relationships have taken on a meaning that I never could have imagined.”
– Megan B.
“When I got to Roots I felt lost, alone, and broken. I felt like I had no purpose in life, I wasn’t really living – I was barely existing. I knew I couldn’t keep living the way I was, but the idea of being sober scared me too. At Roots I realized I wasn’t alone, I was given the chance to live in a safe environment with other women who were rebuilding in the same way I was. I was given the tools and guidance to not only stay sober, but to be the best version of myself in all areas of life. Today I have rebuilt relationships. I have formed true friendships. I have learned how to love and respect others, but more importantly how to love and respect myself. I went back to school and got a job in a field that I want to pursue as a career. I am content while I continue to learn and grow. I have peace today, and I am forever grateful.”
– Cody G.
– Hannah S.
Today, I am happy. I am present. I am healthy. I am honest. I’m employed. I’m back in school. I have genuine friends and relationships. I have a 7 year old son who loves me. I have a family that is proud of me. For all of those things, I am eternally grateful.”
– Ryan R.
– Tripp B.
– Mahala D.
– Cameron P.
“Roots taught me how to LIVE in sobriety. I kept finding myself at a place where I couldn’t live with or without drugs. Throughout my 6 months at Roots, I learned how to have meaningful friendships, how to hold others accountable, how to deal with the consequences of my use and behavior, the benefits of intimacy and vulnerability with peers, how to have fun again, how to work and live the 12 steps, among hundreds of other life skills and lessons. Since graduating, I got my own place – a place I love and that feels like home. I have a stable, healthy relationship with a romantic partner. I have a career in a field that interests and challenges me. Most importantly, I have continued to build and develop the relationships with my family and the guys I met at Roots.”
– Jeff S.
– Kayla G.
– Seth J.
– Zach R.
“Two years ago I hit rock bottom due to my drug and alcohol abuse, and I didn’t see anyway out. I was hopeless. Luckily I found Roots, and not only did I learn how to live a sober life, I also learned who I really am. For the first time that I could remember, I liked myself and I liked where my life was heading. After my time in the house I got to be a house manager, and learned how critical it is to help others in recovery. Today at over two years sober I am the son, brother, and friend that I always wanted to be. It’s crazy how fast things can change – two years of doing the right things and now I’m in graduate school, have a great job, and recently ran a marathon. Life is good.”
– Ethan G.
“My personal recovery from drug addiction is one of my proudest accomplishments. I owe a lot of my success to the Roots program, and the people who have been committed to helping me learn and grow. Having completed the Roots program, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to become a house manager and help guys who are exactly where I was a few years ago – lost, hopeless, and defeated. Now I can clearly see how much of an impact addiction has on friends, families, and the community. I am extremely grateful to be able to play a small part in helping new residents make the courageous decision to change their lives forever.”
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– Pete C.
The structure and brotherhood here at Roots led me to a spiritual experience that has changed my life. I can’t begin to put into words what it’s like to have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body, but I can say that I am excited to see what life has in store for me, and look forward to sharing my experience with others the way that this has been so freely shared with me.”
– Devon B.
– Ted H.
My life has been changed ever since my stay at Roots. I am back in school, and I will be graduating in the fall. I’m getting married next summer. My relationships with my family and friends are much healthier and far more enjoyable today. During the months leading up to my stay at Roots, I didn’t think these things were possible for me anymore. I am lucky to have shared in this unique experience at Roots and to have had such strong guidance early on in my recovery.”
– Brennan S.
Through following what Roots outlined for me the whole world is different to me. All for the better. I’m happy. I’ve learned to not get depressed and accept all that life throws at me. Thanks to Roots I’m a much better man. I’m responsible, I take care of myself, and I have been sober over 2 years. Not only have I been sober, but I have been a new and improved person since I walked into Roots.”
– Kristian G.
– James A.
– Ben S.
When I first got to Roots I was hopeless about beating my addiction. I was uncomfortable living with a bunch of guys that I did not know. But over time, I made friends with the other guys and did what was asked of me. It started to be fun and I enjoyed the things we had to do. Because of Roots pushing me to work the steps, I found freedom and joy, and am now able to be the man I always wanted to be. Now I feel like I’m in a position to succeed in life.”
– Kenny B.
WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING ABOUT ROOTS RECOVERY
“My Son Has Grown Up and Owned Up.
Roots Saved Our Whole Family”
At the start of the program, I was terrified that I would have to bury my son. I didn’t know what to do or how to get through to him. As the months passed I was able to hear/see changes in his attitude about everything. The program made him really look at himself, his choices, and his life. Counselors at Roots and the support of others going through the program helped him to focus on his recovery and future success.
My son is taking control and responsibility for the direction of his own life. He is finally able to have meaningful conversations and relationships with all family members. The other day I heard him say, “Dad, I finally get it.” That would never have happened before he went through the program. We had gotten to the point previously that he and his dad hardly ever talked or even looked at each other. Before, my son could hardly even string together a complete sentence let alone a conversation. I was afraid it may have been permanent.
After his time with Roots, it is all back. He thinks before doing things he knows could make his sobriety difficult. He uses what he has learned from the program to help him continue to be successful. His intelligence has always been there, but now he uses it. The biggest thing I notice is that he actually seems equipped to handle life now. He has grown up and owned up. Everyone deserves another chance and this is ours. Roots saved our whole family. Thank you!”
“Healing and Moving Forward”
“I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Roots program. It has helped my son Devon piece his life back together. He has learned about his addiction, how to structure his life, and what he can and cannot control. Devon’s attitude is strong and confident. He has grown leaps and bounds, into a responsible, loving, grateful young man. I am proud.
Devon has made amends to his family and close friends. The pain that addiction has caused us is healing as Devon and our family move forward to a happy, healthy life.”
– Linda B.
“We Took A Huge Leap of Faith”
“It has been a very scary journey. James is in a better place; growing. Before he was dying. He has grown, in all dimensions, positively. We are excited to be able to observe his personality re-emerge.
Before, we were in crises, always in fear. Now we can release that fear, and look forward to good surprises from James. It has not been smooth, but it has been worth it! It was a huge leap of faith (and we are still leaping!) the day we dropped him off, in a strange place, with no sense of the future. It was timing – a perfect storm; in a good way. James hit a low and Roots was there to walk with him in a way we could not.”
– Teri A.
“We Tried Many Programs
and Spent A lot of Money”
“This program saved his life and we have our son back. He has become a strong, reliable young man. We were hopeless before Roots. We had tried many treatment programs over the years, spent a lot of money. He was never able to maintain sobriety, until now. He has a bright future, and so much to offer.
It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your child is happy and healthy. We have him back!”
– Beth C.
“New Friendships Formed
A Sphere of Influence”
The program changed RJ dramatically. When he visits home, he always seems to want to get back to the group, even now that he has graduated from the program. We are seeing a side of RJ that we never saw before. I actually believe RJ was changing around 8th grade, he was not very open, seemed somewhat depressed and appeared not to enjoy high school and was uninvolved. Now when he comes home he is open, sensitive to others feelings, helpful, respectful, and a good listener.
I believe RJ is on the right path and has changed to having good strong morals that will lead to a successful life. Thank you, he got this from your program and his efforts, it is exactly what we needed for him. Without your program, I believe RJ would either be in jail or passed on, you have made the future much brighter.”
“I Couldn’t Be Prouder…”
I have seen a total turn around, I believe in guidance from the “higher power” – and he believes too. Brennan has such an inner drive now to succeed. He has totally improved relations with family. We can rely on him if we ask for help. I couldn’t be prouder of where Brennan is now. The good work he does, the hope he gives others. He knows what others are going through.
My outlook previously was a probable early funeral for my son and now I am so thankful for the experience he has had at Roots. What you have done for him, how he was led in the right direction. It is hard work to recover! It took a power he didn’t have in the beginning and now I am so happy he can share hope to save more young people. Thank you!”
REUNITING A FAMILY STRUCK BY ADDICTION
Testimonial: Eric’s Experience at Roots Recovery
“Through completing the Roots Recovery program my life has changed in such a profound way it cannot be adequately explained in words. The men I went through the house with became like brothers to me. They showed me how to have fun and thrive in sobriety. I learned how to have healthy relationships, how to be a responsible adult, and how to be a man of integrity. I have been to other sober living programs, and Roots is truly one of a kind in the best way possible.
My outlook on the future is filled with hope. I have been sober for over a year, something I never thought possible for someone like me before completing Roots. With the skills and tools I learned and developed over the course of my 6 month stay I know I can face anything life throws at me. I graduated in December of 2016 and continue to work a program of recovery. I am content with life for the first time in recent memory. This might sound exaggerated, but I assure you it is not. I strongly believe that I owe Roots far more than I could ever repay them. For anyone struggling with addiction or alcoholism I would give Roots my wholehearted recommendation.”
– Eric L.
Testimonial: Nicole’s Experience at Roots Recovery
“Before coming to Roots I was living a life completely based on self. The relationships with my family and friends that I did have were shaky at best. I was disenchanted with life and could not bring myself to care about things I had once been very passionate about due to high anxiety and depression that stemmed from my alcoholism. I wanted to change, but found I was unable to on my own. The structure of the Roots program was exactly what I needed. It gave me purpose and I saw women around me that were happy and succeeding in life. I felt inspired again, and became willing to do whatever it took to live a sober, content life.
As I went through the program the anxiety that I once experienced faded away and I found myself able to use my experience to help other women. Today my life looks very different. I have been able to repair and recreate trusting relationships with family and friends that I did not think possible, as well as forming new and lasting friendships with others in recovery. I have integrity and am able to live up to my word. For the first time in my life I am financially independent and self-sufficient. By being willing to accept and utilize all that the Roots program had to offer, I have been able to build a life I never could have imagined. I have confidence, freedom, and hope for the future. If I continue on this path I know I can be successful in everything I do, and more importantly I can help others along the way.”
– Nicole L.
Testimonial: A Mother & Father’s Perspective (Eric L.)
“There was a time when our outlook for Eric’s future was bleak. The rollercoaster ride we were on seemed to have no end. The son we had raised who was loving, kind, empathetic, sensitive, smart, funny and a joy to be with had been lost to us. His drug use became our burden to hide from our family and friends. We went through life not knowing if we would ever have happiness again. Every phone call might have meant hearing our son was truly gone from our lives forever.
We have seen a dramatic change in Eric since he started at Roots Recovery. We think it began with the first month of no family contact and no phone privileges. It gave Eric the opportunity to reflect on his situation and his future. We believe that on some level, Eric was ready to embrace recovery but until he attended Roots, he did not know how to begin a life of sobriety and kept falling back into old habits.
Eric has also taken responsibility for his daily life. He no longer avoids making adult decisions or looks to us to help him figure things out. He has taken charge of his own life and is growing into the young man that we knew he could be. He has become more confident and realizes his worth.
As important as Roots was for our son, we also found a family support group to help us deal with the challenges of having an addict in the family. With the support of others facing a similar situation, we began to feel we weren’t alone and we could find happiness again. We found strength in accepting that we couldn’t make him stop his drug use but we could offer him support for anything related to his sobriety.
We know Eric’s recovery will be a lifelong journey but for today, thanks to Roots Recovery, the son we knew has returned. The transformation has been remarkable. Eric has sought and received our forgiveness for things that Eric the addict did while he was using drugs. He has given us hope for his future and now, he works to help others struggling with addiction to find their future too.”
– Nancy L.
Testimonial: A Mother & Father’s Perspective (Nicole L.)
“Nicole’s increasing alcohol consumption escaped us as we were consumed with our son’s drug use. College drinking can be more accepted and as a result, may be excused. As educated as we became about drug addiction we failed to see the severity of Nicole’s own addiction to alcohol. As she began to experience more consequences because of her drinking i.e. roommate conflicts, lower grades in college, a DUI, etc. we were forced to open our eyes. Once Nicole had to leave school because of her heavy drinking we realized we could not force her to stop any more than we could stop our son’s drug use. We could, however, offer her treatment.
Nicole was asked to leave inpatient treatment for not adhering to their rules. We immediately contacted Roots Recovery based on our son Eric’s success there. We believe that the structure and peer support offered in the Roots sober living houses are critical components to achieving and maintaining sobriety. Many young people battling addictions have lost or damaged relationships with family and friends. In Roots sober living they will find opportunities to make new connections with those who will not judge and can relate to whatever they as an addict have done. Roots will support, encourage and hold each resident accountable. Through counseling and sober living the resident can begin their road to recovery. Through countless activities, Roots sober living can help the addict realize that there can be a fun and meaningful future in a life of sobriety.
Nicole has successfully completed the six-month program and, now manages one of the sober living houses. She has accepted and surrendered to her alcoholism and now works her program to maintain sobriety. She has found confidence in herself and not in a bottle. Nicole is once again happy and a joy to be with. She enjoys time with her family and friends again. Nicole was always reliable, responsible, and self-motivated. We believe she didn’t see how her alcohol dependence was changing all that. Today she recognizes the harm and destruction that continuing to drink was going to have on her entire life. Thanks to the Roots program, we feel her future is bright again.”
– Nancy L.