Dear Manny and Clean & Sober,
So here it is all most another year has come and gone with graduation vastly approaching us; this is something I never thought I could do, and only dreamed of. I can't help but sit and think of all that am so grateful and what a great journey it has been for me. I have so many reasons to give thanks, and I feel like it just keeps getting better and better each year; however, this year I thought I would do a little more. Not only will I tell the people in my life how much I love them and how truly grateful I am to have met them, I will write a letter to someone whom I feel has made it possible for me to be with my family and friends.
I am writing this letter to let you know how much I appreciate you, and how truly grateful I am for you. I feel if it were not for you and the home that you provided me, I may not have been here. When I felt I was at the end of the road, homeless and hopeless, I showed up on your door step and not only did you welcome me in but you told me you loved me and you also told me you were proud of me. I thought to myself how could this person love me or even be proud of me. I have never done anything for him to love me and most definitely if he knew the things I have done he would not be proud of me.
First, I want to thank you for all the things that you have taught me over the years. I can remember the first year when Clean & Sober was introduced to me and the first day I had met you.
That day at Clean & Sober was when I had made a decision to ask for help. That was a very special day, when I was called in and approved to go into your program and given a chance to a new way of
life. I was very scared and felt all
alone but what the others at the program had done for me was made me feel secure, no longer scared, and I was no longer alone. I no longer call it the program, I now call it home.
What I didn't realize at that time was just by me showing up, reaching out my hand and asking for help was
enough. As a result of that action and that courage I demonstrated that day I now know why you told me those words that I had not heard in a long time; "I love you and I am proud of you." What I now know today is; I am worth it.
What I really want you to know is, that I am very thankful for the life that I live today. If it weren't for all that you had taught me, teaching me how to love, respect others and to show
kindness to others, I would not love myself today. Also, If it were not for you providing me a safe place and teaching me how to set a
foundation to build my life, I would not have been able to have freedom from active addiction.