Recovery Stories

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

  • Jody

    Oct 8, 2019

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    “I Feel Normal Again” When I relapsed into my old opioid habit, David Lawrence Center and the M.O.R.E. program gave me hope, new life, and a fresh start. By Jody Three years ago, I thought I was on the verge of turning my life around. I had been addicted to opiates for a long time, and I hit rock bottom when I turned to heroin. But then I got a life-changing phone call from my 14-year-old daughter, who was all too aware of my addictions and feared I was slowly killing myself. “I can’t lose…

  • Zach

    Jul 31, 2019

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Downward Spiral For 20 years, my addictions had me spinning out of control. But when I checked into David Lawrence Center, I began to feel hope again. By Zach When I first started experimenting with drugs as a young teenager, I had no clue that I was beginning a downward spiral of addiction that would last the next 20 years. But that’s exactly what happened. Though my parents were addicts and I pretty much grew up with my grandparents, I don’t remember any kind of a traumatic childhood. I got into drugs for pretty much…

  • Tom

    Mar 8, 2019

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Ignoring the Pain I never dealt with the trauma in my life, because I wanted to be there for others. But my coping skills fell completely apart after the worst tragedy imaginable. By Tom My troubles started when my father left our family when I was very young, leaving my mom to raise two boys—my older brother and me. I loved my mom, who was my everything. But I missed having a dad. My brother filled that hole. I was a typical teenager, getting into trouble on occasion, dabbling in drugs and alcohol, but nothing…

  • John

    Nov 7, 2018

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    “A Dopeless Hope Fiend” A decades-long addiction brought me to my knees, but David Lawrence Center helped me stand tall again, with dignity and respect. By John I wasn’t supposed to be here. I mean, not even here on this earth. I knew something wasn’t quite right in my childhood, when my dad called me a “bastard child” and my uncles called me a “miracle child,” only to be shushed by my aunts. I asked my mom what they meant, and she never really explained . . . until I was in my 30s and…

  • Aaron

    Oct 4, 2018

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    Living Recklessly I was high for half of my life . . . until a cold-turkey detox in jail convinced me to turn things around. But I couldn’t have done it without DLC. By Aaron How many times can a person hit rock bottom before they finally realize they’ve got to do something about it? For me, I’ve almost lost count. I’ve overdosed five times. I’ve been in detox nine times, including about five times this year. I’ve been in and out of halfway houses and rehab centers and the courts. I’ve tried everything from…

  • Brad

    Mar 12, 2018

    Florida Rehabilitation Center | Crossroads

    I Got My Life Back Sometime life hits you really hard. And sometimes, all at once. For me, it was debilitating neck and back pain, followed by major surgery, and then adjusting to life in a new town after a relocation. I tried to cope with it all by drinking, a problem which eventually broke up my marriage to my best friend, the person I loved most. My doctor told me to get a desk job and take it easy physically, but I ignored his advice and worked in construction to make ends meet. Working…

  • 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…

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