I’m On My Way

Alphonso has a newly-inspired faith in both God and his future thanks to the physical and spiritual recovery that he underwent during his time at The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Waukegan, IL. This is his story:

“July, 2009 was rock bottom. I was addicted to heroin and until that point, I didn’t realize it was taking such control of my life. I didn’t know how to maintain a job. I just had enough with the lifestyle I was living. I went to detox center in Chicago but felt like I needed to get out of the city to fully recover. My good friend who was a counselor there recommended that I go to The Salvation Army.

My experience with The Salvation Army has inspired a new faith within me. I don’t even have to think about it anymore – it’s just there. Since I joined the ARC, life is so positive and I’m able to maintain now. When things go wrong now, I just tell myself to brush it off and keep moving forward.

I’m now a full-time employee with The Salvation Army as an Intake Coordinator. It’s been a great learning experience and has opened up a lot of doors. The job provides a chance to get out and tell people what The Salvation Army did for me and what it can offer to them. My personal story allows me to connect with others who are struggling with the same issues.

They say it takes about six years to fully recover from a heroin addiction and I’m on my way. Now that my mind is a lot clearer, I’d like to go back to school and channel my communications skills.

My advice for anyone who is struggling with addiction is to simply take it one day at a time. You CAN change yourself. It all depends on how you respond to life’s circumstances.”

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The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers help approximately 325,000 struggling individuals each year. For more information or for ways that you can donate, please visit www.satruck.org.

Many thanks to Alphonso and to The Salvation Army of Waukegan, IL for helping us share his story!