In this week’s blog we catch up with Quinton and find out more about his story.
What brought you to Herren Wellness?
Life before sobriety was one dominated by drugs and alcohol. My entire thought process and actions were consumed with finding ways and means to consume as much as I could, sadly with no concern for the consequences. Anything and everything that got between me and drugs had to go. That wasn’t life; it was a poor example of my existence motivated entirely by my active addiction. Within my first few hours at Herren Wellness, I noticed something was different. Both the staff and the guests had a warm way of welcoming me and making me feel at home. Even at times I remember feeling embarrassed that I needed to get sober. I remember feeling defeated, lost, lonely, and like a complete failure. It was the support, love, and compassion that I received at Herren that enabled me to let down my guard and trust others. I simply cannot overstate how much I lost because of my drug abuse, and how much more I have regained in the time since I came to Herren Wellness and became sober.
What is the best advice you have received in recovery?
Getting to this point where I am today wasn’t easy, especially in the beginning. Today I have been sober for just shy of a year and a half. I am not foolish enough to think that I am “cured”. Far from it. 18 months, all the work I have done and all the work I continue to do everyday, I am fully aware that I did not get to this point on my own. Herren Wellness has allowed me to realize that my sobriety is the most important thing in my life. The best advice I have received and could give is to remain teachable. Ask for Help. Stay in the present. Remember to be patient with myself as I am changing and growing. I don’t want to drink or drug again as long as I live, I’ve had it. Just for today I wake up and keep that mindset, all I have to do is continue to do the next right thing. I must put my sobriety first so that everything I love doesn’t come last.