Determined to Change
“Working at DI helped me to have something consistent and stable in my life.”
The last time I used an illegal substance was the day I was charged with a felony. I was determined to change. I moved away from the negative influences that surrounded me to a place where I could find the emotional support I needed to maintain my sobriety. I was homeless for about six months, sleeping on couches and floors in the homes of many kind people. I visited with the bishop of the ward where my sons lived, and he encouraged me to find affordable housing using the wages I could make while training at Deseret Industries (DI).
Working at DI helped me to have something consistent and stable in my life, making it possible for me to continue living a positive and sober life. I also found friendship. I once again became active at church, where I found a special friend, my Relief Society president.
Today, everything is different. No longer is getting out of bed a constant issue like it had been for over 20 years. DI helped me get on the right medication to help me feel normal. I now have the energy to do the daily tasks that used to be so difficult for me to accomplish. Most important, my relationships have improved. Because I have a new job, I now have a vehicle and am able to see my boys often. I am also planning to be married, and I have the ability to help financially in this important relationship. I am just plain happier.
I am thankful for the DI program and the support I found there. For those like me, who may find themselves down and out, this is a wonderful way to find a future that is more than just an existence. Thank you!
“This is a wonderful way to find a future that is more than just an existence.”
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