My name is Sandy T, I am an addict. All my life I was addicted to more of anything that made me feel good. I would use people, alcohol, and drugs in hopes that I would feel better about myself. I never had much self-confidence or self-esteem. Using drugs made me fit in and feel apart of any situation I was in. So for 26 years I used something to make me feel "not normal".
Then Nov. 14, 2002, probation yanked me out of my situation and sent me to jail indefinatly. I agreed to 6 months in rehab, instead of a year in bootcamp. I THOUGHT rehab would be easier! So after 40 days in jail I was released to Promise of Hope. I rode a pink cloud for a while, but then the "looking at myself" began. This was difficult with all the shame and guilt that I had been carrying for years. No matter what I told them I had done, they loved me through it, until God could heal it.
Promise of Hope taught me how to live life on life's terms, one day at a time. Let go and let God have control of all areas of my life. Promise of Hope led me to a relationship with God that I never had before. I thought I had done to much and gone to far for God to care about me. Not realizing He loves me right where I'm at, and will meet me right where I'm at. They also introduced me to AA and NA that gave me a lot more tools that help me live life.
Even after completing the program, Promise of Hope continues to be a big part of my life. They offered aftercare and have given many volenteer opportunities to be a part of and give back what they gave me. It is in working with others that has kept me going and growing. I am forever grateful to Promise of Hope!
My life began in Newfoundland, Canada, where my father was enlisted in the Navy. We stayed in Canada for two years, and moved to Georgia once his enlistment was complete. Here my mother and father both attended college and my father earned his psychology degree and became an officer in the Air Force. This began our many travels as a family. These travels took us to Mississippi first. Looking back, my time here began my feelings of inadequacy. I was told by my teacher I needed to shape up or ship out. I really wasn't sure what she meant and had no idea what I needed to do to satisfy her demand. Being in a new school and environment, I wasn't sure how to make friends as I have always been shy and unsure of myself...continue reading
On September 12, 2011 I came to Promise of Hope broken and hopeless, thinking my life was over. I had destroyed every relationship in my life and had nowhere to go. Promise of Hope gave me a safe place to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. It is here that I began to learn about how powerful my disease was and eventually find myself. I had been so manipulative and dishonest and played the victim for so long it had become the norm for me... continue reading
Hello my name is Scott Buckner and I'm an addict. Before coming to Promise of Hope my life was on a very destructive path. I often felt hopeless and doomed to never be able to stop using drugs. I had lost everything I held dear and pushed everyone that I loved away. I knew I needed help because I tried many times to stop using on my own but failed every time. I entered Promise of Hope on November 27, 2012 and did my best to stay open minded to their suggestions and as a result this rehab saved my life...continue reading