From Chaos to Complete
by Joe Allred

I rose from a world filled with chaos and despair. I spent 25 years in the dark world of addiction. I was a career criminal with a nasty IV drug habit and a tendency for violence. I placed drugs above everything and everyone in my life and did not see any way of change, nor did I want change for most of my life.

You see, I was so self-centered and selfish I truly believed my addiction was not harming anybody but me. I could not understand why others were so worried about what I was doing and always trying to ruin my high.

I got introduced to residential treatment and at first I was resistant. Finally, after a total of three stays in residential and a lifetime of going in and out of jails and institutions I finally got to a point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired. I knew that I needed to take a hard and honest look at myself and start making changes.

As I sit here today writing this blog I look back at those days often to reflect on how far I have come and how wonderful my life is today.  I recently celebrated 10 years of sobriety and I am grateful.

At this point you might wonder, what worked for me? What worked was complete surrender and letting others drive my bus for a while, completing aftercare, attending 12 step meetings, church, seeing a private therapist on the side and a steady diet of family support and interactions.

In addition, what keeps me going is seeing others like myself start making the changes I did that led me to where I am today. Also, seeing them show up to my office and check in to tell me how wonderful their lives are today without the use of chemicals. 

Finally, I believe I have been able to make my recovery thanks to a complete devotion to my 3 daughters and losing my ego and pride because my ego and pride are what kept me stuck in a rut for so long. My kids are amazing kids that have endured a lot but still seem to find a way to succeed.

- Joe Allred

 

 

From chaos to complete

by Joe Allred

 

I rose from a world filled with chaos and despair. I spent 25 years in the dark world of addiction. I was a career criminal with a nasty IV drug habit and a tendency for violence. I placed drugs above everything and everyone in my life and did not see any way of change, nor did I want change for most of my life.

 

You see, I was so self-centered and selfish I truly believed my addiction was not harming anybody but me. I could not understand why others were so worried about what I was doing and always trying to ruin my high.

 

I got introduced to residential treatment and at first I was resistant. Finally, after a total of three stays in residential and a lifetime of going in and out of jails and institutions I finally got to a point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired. I knew that I needed to take a hard and honest look at myself and start making changes.

 

As I sit here today writing this blog I look back at those days often to reflect on how far I have come and how wonderful my life is today.  I recently celebrated 10 years of sobriety and I am grateful.

 

At this point you might wonder, what worked for me? What worked was complete surrender and letting others drive my bus for a while, completing aftercare, attending 12 step meetings, church, seeing a private therapist on the side and a steady diet of family support and interactions.

 

In addition, what keeps me going is seeing others like myself start making the changes I did that led me to where I am today. Also, seeing them show up to my office and check in to tell me how wonderful their lives are today without the use of chemicals.

 

Finally, I believe I have been able to make my recovery thanks to a complete devotion to my 3 daughters and losing my ego and pride because my ego and pride are what kept me stuck in a rut for so long. My kids are amazing kids that have endured a lot but still seem to find a way to succeed.

 

- Joe Allred

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