"my life has flourished"
“As I look back over the past 11 years of my life, I realize that I am thankful for so much this holiday season. When I was diagnosed with severe headaches caused by a benign tissue mass in my sinus cavity in 2001, I could have never predicted that just two short years later my world would be turned upside down by addiction.
"In two years, I went from being a hardworking, productive, trustworthy, motivated, outgoing, positive, law abiding member of society to an opiate addict in the throes of addiction who had lost all of those wonderful characteristics. I led myself down a dark hole of addiction, living a dishonest life wherein I found myself arrested. I had dreamed of a way out for many months prior to my arrest but at that moment, I knew a change was necessary no matter how hard it would be. I took my last opiate pill at 4:00 am on December 13, 2004 and since then my life has flourished.”