Hi, my name is David, and I am a drug addict. Last month because of Soul’s Harbor, I celebrated 2 years of being sober and clean.
Let me start my story by saying I was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. By first grade, my parents moved to Garland, Texas. I stayed in Garland until I graduated from South Garland High School. I come from a dysfunctional family with a pill-popping Mom and an alcoholic Dad who was also a church minister. I was emotionally and physically abused by both of my parents. By the end of my senior year in high school, I was smoking pot before, during, and after school. After high school, I followed in my older sister’s footsteps; I decided to get a career in the medical field since I enjoy helping people in need. I was able to get an Associate Degree as a Medical Assistant. At that time, I started to experiment with various drugs like ecstasy, acid, cocaine, and meth. I landed a job at Baylor Hospital and really liked what I did. However, my drug usage was obviously more important. I had soon discovered that my drug of choice was meth. Oh, how I loved meth!! But that started to get hard to come by. I soon found out that this drug called Adderall gave me almost the same effect that meth did. As my addiction kicked in, I was forging prescriptions of Adderall because it was an easy way to obtain my drug of choice. I also got Hydrocodone, Valium, Somas, Xanax, and anything else that I could remember from my mom’s old pill-popping grocery list. My partner of over 6 years, got sick of my drug habit; he kicked me out and left me. I soon lost my job as a Medical Assistant and had to start waiting tables. I found that people in the restaurant industry were just like me – they liked to party. I felt at home working in restaurants until my drug habit got so bad that I lost that job as well. I got a job in security on the graveyard shift and was able to fly under the radar. I worked alone, so getting high at work came very easy. Of course, I got caught and fired from my security job because of my addiction. I could not pay my rent or any other bills. All of a sudden, I had become homeless.
As Brent calls it “The Great Eraser” – losing your partner, career, car, apartment, and dignity all at once. That was the summer of 2018 when I entered the doors of Soul’s Harbor.
Soul’s Harbor has given me everything I need and want. I love the holistic approach to recovery; this place is like no other. I am truly blessed to be alive, sober, and clean for over 2 years. Soul’s Harbor saved my life.
Today, because of Soul’s Harbor, I hold a staff position as the medication coordinator and I work as a peer recovery coach for Soul’s Harbor mental wellness partner, Integrated Psycho-therapeutic Services (IPS). I also work with IPS to schedule their clients with a therapist and psychiatrist. My future is bright.
Thank you God and thank you Soul’s Harbor for everything.
Soul’s Harbor, Inc.
13134 Nile Drive
Dallas, Texas 75253
New online donation processing:
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