Recovery Stories

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Mary

    Dec 13, 2016

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    A little over 7 years ago, Mary sunk into a deep, excruciating depression when her husband divorced her for another woman leaving her alone to raise three children under the age of seven. She explains, “I had no desire to do anything. I stopped eating and could barely get out of bed. It was all I could do to just breathe.” She began taking medication to battle the depression and, through the support of her family and friends, she got better. Several years later, she stopped taking her medications and found herself drinking heavily. She…

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