Stories of Hope
Just a teen at the time, the film was his first introduction to Hollywood, and his first introduction to alcohol. Jamie Lee Curtis might be what many would call a functioning addict. A habit she picked up after getting plastic surgery, Jamie would down a few painkillers while making dinner for her family and wash them down with a glass of wine.
- “The twelve steps are about spirituality.
- Being part of the U-Turn family has taught me that addiction does not discriminate.
- ‘I have highlights and a French manicure, there’s no way I’m an alcoholic.
- “Early on, I was staying sober because of my father.
“I first came to U-turn not as an addict but as the loved one of an addict. I came to U-turn blind with absolutely no knowledge of addiction. The first open meeting I attended I was taken aback by the love this [U-Turn] family has for each and every member.
The solution I had found to deal with life had failed me. I had a miscarriage, I was so out of touch I didn’t even know that I was pregnant. My University asked me to leave and everything came to a halt. It was the catalyst that led me to surrender. For the better part of a decade, Rob lived under the cloud of addiction. He recalls a pivotal moment in his life when he was so drunk, he couldn’t pick up the phone when his mother called to tell him his grandfather was dying.
I was 22-years old, in college, and I thought, ‘I’m not like these people in treatment.’ But I packed up my loafers and my sweaters, and I played the part. All of my peers were still at college partying while I was embarking on a spiritual journey. It was the most difficult and most brave thing I have ever done.
I listened to people share their stories from the darkest points in their lives and I watched fellow members cry tears of pain because they could relate to the next persons story. I watched people hug each other and tell each other they loved them. I listened to people tell each other how proud they were of each other and how strong they were, cheering each other inspirational stories of sobriety on, praying for each other’s recovery. I have seen members drop everything they were doing when another member was in need and come together as a family to help. I have watched this family celebrate milestones together and mourn the loss of fellow members. After Dax’s public display in 2004, he sought professional help at a drug and alcohol rehab clinic.
But there’s a deeper, human element in each story that is too often untold. Everyone’s recovery story deserves to be heard. And each can serve as inspiration to those of us on our own recovery journey. Get advice and perspective from families who have also been impacted by substance use or addiction. They aren’t bad people who need to get good, they are sick people who need to get well.
“I walked through Recovery’s door”: Margaret’s story of fighting drug addiction after prison
I get to care for others and be a good friend and a good son. Several of our alumni have willingly opened up to share theirs with you. Although we recognize everyone’s situation is unique, there is one common factor – they all needed support. Watch their videos to learn of their struggles, and how they pulled themselves out of the lifestyle of addiction and into a healthier life of recovery. Being part of the U-Turn family has taught me that addiction does not discriminate.
- I started volunteering at an addiction treatment facility.
- My struggles with addiction began on the streets of Carbonear and followed me everywhere I went.
- The greatest job of recovery is the ability I now have to feel good about the things I do, and the person that I am.
- I had to start my life from scratch.