I am an alcoholic. I have been a drunk for the past twenty years. I was homeless, living in my car, a storage shed, the streets, and then on a bridge which is where my heavy drinking began. I left my kids behind with their mother to find that next drink. Alcohol became more important than them. After finally walking into a local AA Club House, I met a wonderful couple that mentioned various sober houses where you could live and get the help you need by attending meetings and discovering other people just like me. Eventually, I entered Solutions by the Sea (SBS), and upon doing so, they asked me, “what are you willing to do to get sober?” My answer was, willingly, “whatever it takes.” I went to house meetings on Mondays,book studies on Wednesdays, and speaker meetings on Fridays. I worked the program that was laid out before me, and took the steps needed to rebuild my life. Today, I am 1 year clean and sober by following the steps the SBS program has provided. And , now, Me and my kids have a life beyond our wildest dreams.
I am full of sincere gratitude for being a part of such a successful program at Solutions by the Sea. I basically owe my life to SBS. After struggling with drugs and alcohol for 30 + years, losing my marriage, business, home, and my possessions...and trying to find recovery for the last 20 years, I found myself at a point where I felt there was little hope for people like me. I was then introduced to Solutions by the Sea. There, they told me that I could live a life beyond my wildest dreams...that sobriety could be achieved. SBS gave me an opportunity to live with others that had felt the same hopeless feeling I felt. SBS offered me a serene, secure, and safe haven to look within myself and restore the self esteem and self worth that I could never find in myself. It has been over 9 months now since my last drink or drug. I have found peace, happiness, and serenity, and I am entering my 2nd semester of college. I am truly blessed today; for the obsession to drink and use drugs has been lifted . I cherish my new friends and family today, and I cherish my relationship with God and his understanding. I cherish also the continued opportunity to rediscover who I am, and the better person I have become.
I am a 42 year old alcoholic who has also experimented with every drug know to man for most of my life. I tried to get help many times in my life and just could not stay sober. I have lost everything in my life due to my drugging and drinking, and nobody wanted anything to do with me not even my family. As a result of my choices, I began moving state to state, only to keep doing the same thing over again. It finally came to the point that I just wanted to give up because I didn’t want to live the way I was living anymore. I didn’t think anyone could help me. Then I meet the owner and staff of Solutions by the Sea and I had never met anyone in my life that was as passionate for their own recovery and trying to help people find theirs. I have been sober almost a year due to what I have learned and have been able to apply from the program offered at Solutions by the Sea. Many changes have happened in my life while living at Solutions by the Sea including: being gratefully employed, becoming a productive member of society, getting my family back and establishing new friends in my life. I am able to maintain this new life style by continuing to apply the things I have learned at Solutions by the Sea and working a 12 step program. I am honored to be a part of this process.
Nine months ago I was introduced to the owner of Solutions by the Sea via phone call through the local detox center (Stewart Marchman). After a brief conversation, I was asked the question “what are you willing to do to get sober?” I responded with “what ever it takes”. With that, it was explained to me that there were no available beds at Solutions by the Sea but he would help me get to Ft. Lauderdale to a sober living house similar to Solutions by the Sea. Solutions by the Sea went above and beyond to help me by making calls to arrange for a bed and even paid for my train ticket. I spent the next 4 months in Ft. Lauderdale picking up the pieces of my shattered life. After 4 months I moved back to Daytona to become a member at Solutions by the Sea to be closer to my family and continue working on this new way of life. Never before have I met people so willing to help me even though they knew nothing about me. Brian the owner of Solutions by the Sea, is an inspiration to so many people in this community. I know he will continue his work by reaching out to those people who ask for his help.
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