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
My name is Claire Philips, I have over three years in recovery, and Promise of Hope changed my life. I was born in Atlanta, GA and raised in a loving home, yet I thought it was dysfunctional. As a child I never felt like I quite fit in right with the world and I felt like something was wrong with me. I began using drugs and alcohol by age 12. From 12 to 23 I was on a pathway of destruction that eventually led to homelessness, incarceration, and hopelessness. Heroin had my soul and I was broken. Through my probation officer, I was led to Promise of Hope on August 16th, 2017. At first I was reluctant to stay, but over time my heart and mind became open to what they had to offer. I learned that addiction is a disease and not a moral deficiency while there. They loved me when I was incapable of loving myself, they challenged me to grow in ways I didn't think possible, they showed me a pathway to connect with my Higher Power, they gave me my hope and life back. Today I have a life, I have a relationship with my family, I have a relationship with God, and I know I am a child of light. Promise of Hope holds a special place in my heart and I am eternally grateful for the journey of life they helped to open for me.
My name is Brian T and I’m an addict. I was raised in a loving home, played sports growing up, and was always in church. However, for some reason, I never felt as though I fit in and was accepted. I found myself constantly trying to find acceptance from my peers by trying to be the funniest, the wildest, and the best at everything I did. I never had much self-confidence, so I tried to find my self-worth in girls and relationships with older friends. When I was 14 and hanging out with some guys from school much older than myself, I was faced with the opportunity to try marijuana for the first time. Of course, I jumped in headfirst, seeking their approval and trying to be accepted. This was the beginning of a horrible drug addiction that took so much from me that I was not prepared to give that night I smoked that first joint. Twenty-five years later, I was in the middle of a six-year battle with heroin.
I had been in and out of rehab about two dozen times, only to leave early and go right back to my addiction. I wouldn’t sit still long enough to listen to any suggestions because I knew all the answers before the question was even asked. I had been to detox so many times, the last time I rang the buzzer at the door to ask if they had any beds available, they didn’t say yes or no. Their response was, Brian, is that you? I am pretty sure everyone that knew me knew that I had a major problem before I did. As usual, I left early from detox and went to see my probation officer and thank God, she put me in jail for failing my drug screen.
I called Promise of Hope from the jail, thinking that I would be rescued. Boy was I thinking wrong. They cared enough and knew enough about the disease of addiction to know that the best thing for me was to sit where I was for some time. That was the beginning of me finding some willingness, open-mindedness, and honesty. Two months later, I was accepted to come back to Promise of Hope (for the third time) and to give this new way of life another chance.
Promise of Hope taught me so much about myself, about the disease of addiction, and how to live life just for today. They taught me how to find acceptance in everything and to surrender my will over to God’s will for my life, one day at a time. I began to develop a real relationship with God. They promised me that if I would start out my day on my knees in prayer asking Him to guide me, He wouldn’t lead me wrong. They were right!! I am so grateful for the life I have today and that is simply because of God doing His part in my life and POH for teaching me how to do my part. I am so very fortunate to have to opportunity to work here at Promise of Hope since the middle of 2020, to give back to others just as it was so freely given to me. I will forever be grateful to Promise of Hope!!!