Recovery Stories

People’s lives have been changed with Crossroads. Experience some of their victories here.

  • Harold

    Mar 5, 2017

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    From Wine for Breakfast to Two Years Sober By Harold Williams For years, I didn’t think I had a problem with alcohol. I believed I simply drank too much – I had too much fun. As a TV producer in advertising, I worked in an environment where alcohol was prevalent. And I was brought up in a family that drank. No one seemed to be falling down drunk. It was a natural thing to offer drinks around on a daily basis. Like most middle class people, my family thought alcoholism was for tramps, hobos, derelicts.…

  • Blake

    Dec 25, 2016

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Blake is a 35 year old, successful, hardworking business owner despite a 15-year downward spiral through the perils of addiction. Today, he has a passion for spreading the message of hope, compassion and perseverance. After watching his father, a successful sales and marketing executive who made drinking looking look fun, he snuck his first drink at 10 and quickly got hooked. Blake shares, “Once I drank all my inhibitions were gone. I sought out every opportunity I could to drink.” By 15, Blake was smoking marijuana, hanging with the wrong crowd and skipping school. His…

  • Nichole

    Dec 13, 2016

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Nichole is an energetic, beautiful, bright-eyed 28-year-old mother with another on the way who has lived far beyond her years. Her journey through addiction has been long and difficult, but through hard work, the gift of prayer and a lot of gratitude she has come out on top. Fully embracing her second chance, she is humbled and proud to share her story of triumph to help others and to keep herself grounded and sober. Nichole was born and raised in Naples. Her parents divorced when she two, and she lived what she calls “a normal life”…

  • Karen

    Dec 13, 2016

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Karen, a 70-year-old mother and grandmother, was trapped in an unhappy marriage for 51 years and was drinking to cope. She married right out of high school to escape her parents’ strict upbringing and verbal abuse. She did not drink but says her husband became a binge-drinker. “Watching him made me never want to drink.” After raising three children in Kentucky, they moved to Naples where she began a mortgage lending career. Karen started drinking during networking events recalling “it gave me confidence to talk to people.” The more successful she became at work, the more…

  • Tracy

    Dec 13, 2016

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    For as far back as Tracy can remember, she felt hopeless, full of doom and like she was loosing her mind. When she looks back at what contributed to those emotions, she reflects, “My father had schizophrenia, but never sought treatment for it. When I was 19, I became a single parent, dropped out of high school and my sister died.” In a vain attempt to cope with the pressure, she tried to kill herself and started taking antidepressants. But they never brought her the emotional comfort she was looking for. For the next eight…

  • Sherry

    Dec 13, 2016

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Sherry's patterns of abuse began as a child. Her stepfather gave her drugs, regularly molested her and raped her at gun point. She quickly learned to disassociate her mind from her body and realized that alcohol made it so she didn’t have to feel anything. By the time she was 30, she resorted to prostitution to pay for her daily crystal meth habit which resulted in countless physically and sexually abusive situations. She had little self worth, was hopeless and frequently became suicidal when she used. She tearfully shares stories of hoping she would die of…

  • Ron Turned His Back on Addiction and Said “YES” to Life.

    Feb 10, 2017

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Ron learned quickly he had an addictive personality when he was 11 and lost his finger in a boating accident. He took more pain medication than was prescribed and liked how much more social he was with his friends while under the influence. For him, the disease progressed quickly. At 16, he was convinced he couldn’t live a day without using some type of substance – marijuana, alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, etc. He quit playing football, changed his friends and dropped out. After getting his GED and starting college, he got married and had a…

  • Randy

    Dec 13, 2016

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Randy grew up in an upper middle class family in New York. In his 20’s, he landed a corporate job programming for IBM and became successful and bored. He began partying recklessly and got hooked immediately on cocaine. At 26, his family intervened and got him into his first of many treatment programs. Several years later, the despair Randy felt over his lack of control led him to slit his wrists. He said, “I would go on eight day binges and blow through a ton of money. It makes you psychotic. I was sick of…

  • Clint

    Dec 17, 2016

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Clint had a self-described great childhood. He grew up in a loving, middle class family and stayed active by playing every sport imaginable. But like too many misguided youth, when he was in the impressionable middle school years, he got wrapped up in the wrong crowd and started experimenting with drugs. First, it was marijuana just to fit in with the “cool” kids. Then, it quickly evolved into more hardcore “party” drugs including mushrooms, acid and ecstasy. By the time he was 18, he had a full blown addiction to opioids and cocaine that would…

  • Bruce

    Feb 10, 2017

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Bruce was as an only child who grew up in a loving family in Massachusetts. His father was a prominent business owner and community leader and his mother was a career oriented professional who, for as long as he could remember, had a serious drinking problem. Bruce attended private schools and lived a strictly regimented life. When he went away to college the newfound freedom and liberty that environment afforded him meant partying, binge drinking and ultimately flunking out. After holding down a few odd jobs, he joined his father’s insurance company and began to…

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