My name is Brandon Thomas, and I am an alcoholic. I came to the Healing Place on June 30, 2020.
Let me tell you a little bit about my life before I entered The Healing Place. I was brought up to be a respectful, hardworking man. I had a mom who loved me and wanted me to succeed in life, but I had a disease and didn’t even know it.
I started drinking at the age of 16. I feel in love with my first drink because It changed the way I felt about myself and that drink let me become someone I truly wanted to be. It gave me courage, self-confidence, a no care attitude. I loved it for a while until the drink became my master. I couldn’t do anything without it, and slowly over time it wasn’t enough for me. That’s when I started using harder drugs – cocaine, pills, and the one that affected me the most, crack. The last six months of my life, I locked myself in my house selling everything I owned to chase the next fix. I only left to go to work. My family has always been close, but I started to miss family events. I hated the man I had become, and I was trying to kill myself with alcohol and drugs.
A week before I came to The Healing Place, I had a moment of clarity and asked my aunt for help. She said yes, but unfortunately, I thought I could get sober by myself. I could not and in less than a week I was using again.
On June 30, 2020, I called my aunt again and asked her to take me to The Healing Place. She couldn’t, but my cousin did. Thank God for that.
During my time at The Healing Place, I got to learn what was wrong with me – I’m an alcoholic. At The Healing Place, I was surrounded by people who could love me when I couldn’t love myself. I learned how to apply a new set of principles and morals to my life. It’s an amazing feeling to wake up and know that everyone around you only wants to see you get better and become the person you are supposed to be.
The Healing Place has given me a life I never could have dreamed of. When I got here, all I wanted to do was get sober and be happy again. I got that and so much more! I’m now the peer mentor supervisor. During my time in the peer mentor office, I have had the opportunity to work on myself while still being in a safe place. I am working on how to balance my life with recovery and practice these principles in all my affairs. I am so grateful to The Healing Place for everything it has taught me. Before I came here, I knew how to live life drunk and high. The Healing Place taught me how to live sober.