Standing on the Y-bridge overlooking the ground below, Rick dropped a wad of spit from his mouth and watched it fall. He knew he had a choice to make. He could either jump and follow the spit, or head to detox for the ninth time.
This tipping point was preceded by a long history of alcohol and drugs that began during his teenage years. Rick started drinking at age 14 and enjoyed it enough that it kept his attention. He would take a little from each bottle in his parent’s home, but not enough that his parents would notice. By age 16, Rick was using IV drugs, pot, and LSD. He married a woman named Debbie shortly after high school, and together they supported each other’s drug habits for 20 years.
After separating from his wife and later learning of her death, Rick’s life continued to spiral out of control. He was sleeping on the floor of his parent’s house and could not hold a job. He was in and out of rehab multiple times, but never finished the work as required. Homeless shelters even turned him away because he was always drunk.
He continued to walk across the Y-bridge and led himself to detox. He was offered the opportunity to go to IBH. There, he found a counselor that was in recovery herself and a spiritual advisor that opened his mind to God. He learned the meaning of seek and ye shall find, and found peace that everything will be alright. He learned that he needed to work on healing from the inside out, and slowly, places inside of him started to heal.
After successfully completing the program at IBH, Rick found shelter at a recovery house that had previously asked him to leave. He was amazed that the pastor at the home welcomed him back with open arms. He felt wanted and needed, both at IBH and at the recovery house.
Since his sobriety date of April 8, 2005, Rick returned to school and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in health care management. He maintains in own apartment in the same building as his mother and feels blessed to be able to assist in her care. “This is the greatest feeling to know that I am sober and I can finally give back to my mom,” says Rick. “And I have IBH to thank for that.”