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.”


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!

6 Comments on “I’m On My Way

  1. Please help me I really need help my life is in danger I’m now homeless don’t no where to turn for help can you help me please I live in perris ca.the police don’t want to help me

  2. Alonso, since this page is managed out of national headquarters, the most efficient way for your to request assistance is to contact your local Salvation Army unit directly. You can find this information by searching by zip code on our website: http://www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. I’m sorry about your troubles and I’m confident that The Salvation Army in your area will be able to address your needs. Thank you!

  3. Hello,
    My name is Sandra Dallman and I am looking for help. We had just moved here from Seattle because we had lost our home. My husbands mother was supposed to bring all our belongings with her last week but unfortunately she has had some complications from cancer and can not make it. I am asking for help with clothes for my 9 year old daughter so she can have something to wear for school and such. She is also needing a bed to sleep on so she wont be sleeping on the floor this winter. My husband and I also need a bed because he and I have been sleeping on an air mattress, which is not very good for his back since he is suffering from nerve damage in his spine and legs. We would need someone to bring it to us since we are in a hole right now and cannot afford to get more gas for our truck. I hope that you can bless us with anything, especially things for my daughter. Until we can get our things from Washington, and get jobs we are in real need for these things. Thank you for listening and please, if you can or cant help with any or all of these things, email me at wolfdreamer06@yahoo.com and let me know. God Bless you!

  4. Hi, Sandra – I’m very sorry to hear about your financial struggles. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Please send this message to our Media Relations team with your full contact information (address, city, state, zip, phone number): MediaRelations@USN.SalvationArmy.org, and we’ll make sure your local unit gets this request.

    In the meantime, the most efficient way for your to request assistance is to contact your local Salvation Army. You can find this phone number through a zip code search on our website: http://www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

    Many thanks and God Bless.

  5. Hi, David – I didn’t get a request from you earlier. Can we help you in some way?

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