Many of us take advantage of the holiday season as a time to share photos and stories highlighting the year coming to a close with our family and friends.
Today I would like to share a wonderful story of change you’ve made possible through your support of recovery in 2015.
At the age of 17, Anthony, now 53, was introduced to alcohol and marijuana by his friends and later became addicted to both substances. Anthony’s addiction grew and led to him eventually dropping out of school. This caused him to experience hopelessness and joblessness which only augmented his addiction. Although Anthony’s addiction was powerful, he began a lawn care service which he operated for 11 years. He only decided to step away from everything and seek treatment after observing how his brother’s addictions were ruining his life. Anthony began looking at his own life and realized addiction was hindering his growth and personal development.
In spring 2014, he enrolled into Mariners Inn and began taking the necessary steps to achieving his recovery. Anthony participates in all group sessions, attends AA meetings, volunteers at Forgotten Harvest, and participates in GED classes. He is working on building his effective communication skills with a goal of reuniting with his wife. He anticipates moving into his own home by the end of 2015. Anthony states: “I like being at Mariners Inn; it has truly helped me. I want to help new guys coming into this program by helping them through this process of recovery. I want to explain how the program helped me and how it can help them.”
Anthony's portrait of recovery is possible only because of YOU.
Your generosity provides men with the resources they need to recover from addiction, regain their dignity and self-worth, and return to their families healthy and whole. Because of your generosity in 2015, over 500 men are in recovery and with their families this holiday season. Many more men need your help to overcome addiction and rebuild their lives.
Please consider making a donation of $25, $50, $100 or more this holiday season. Your donation means so much to the men and families we serve. On behalf of the men of Mariners Inn, our staff, and Board of Directors, I wish you a holiday season filled with hope, joy, peace, and love.
THANK YOU and warmest wishes for the New Year,
David Sampson, MSW, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer