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I’m from Santa Maria. Growing up, I participated in my family’s vegetable retail business, and as a young man I was productive, energetic and successful. That was until 1989, when I began using meth. That was it – my life began to spiral. Out of control. Divorce, homelessness, all the usual things associated with addiction. I did not know how to quit. I was scared to quit. So I just kept using.
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In 2002 I was staying with a friend in San Luis Obispo while doing my best to work as a forklift operator in Santa Maria. I was arrested, for the first time in my life, for various drug offenses including possession and distribution. I spent 70 days in jail.
While in jail, I was introduced to Narcotics Anonymous. This was my first step towards overcoming the hell that addiction had caused me. I was also introduced to the power of prayer, which can overcome anything. My prayers were answered, and I was released on probation.
At the time of my release, a friend of mine told me that they had heard of Sunny Acres. Since I had nowhere to go, I joined the Sunny Acres community. This was a crucial continuation of my rehabilitation. I regularly attended NA meetings, and began active participation in Sunny Acres. At Sunny Acres, I found camaraderie, understanding and support. The community became my family. When I came here, I had very low self-esteem and confidence. But here at Sunny Acres I was given challenges and opportunities. I was able to build on my knowledge of plumbing, and learned about construction, including framing and basic wiring.
As I have continued to develop, I have taken an active role in the running of Sunny Acres. I have been able to using my retailing skills to develop some of Sunny Acres’ businesses, and I now keep our records and assist in the promotion and development of the Sunny Acres community.
At Sunny Acres, I bring a sense of humor, a positive attitude, and a sense of pride and ownership. In the long term, I want to continue in the field of rehabilitation. I want to see Sunny Acres grow and blossom into a large and highly recognized facility. Ultimately I would like to bring these skills to other rehab centers.