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Leshay

It took getting out of a toxic situation to make the right change in my life.

I didn’t get into drugs until I was 28, but I always battled with anxiety and depression and a lack of self-worth. Because of that, I was always putting myself around the wrong type of people, which only made things worse. 

 

I had children and married young. It was a hard, toxic situation and I discovered that drugs could take away all the pain and the negativity. I got hooked easily, but I struggled with it a lot. I worked, had my girls and tried to be a supermom. The drugs helped me feel better, but in the end the drugs took everything away.  Even with the love of my three children and all that I had, I couldn’t stop the drugs. 

 

I had a good job, my own place, my own car, and I had my kids with me. I really had all that I could ask for, but with the anxiety, depression and arguing, it never felt okay for me. The drug use cost me my kids, my home and my car.  And I went to jail. Twice.

 

My mom found out about NextDoor and got me in touch with the staff. I was able to get into that program and they picked me up at jail. There is no telling where I might have ended up if not for that support. Thank goodness God had other plans for me. 

 

LivingProof Recovery and NextDoor have been the best thing that could have happened for me. It was the first time that I felt that someone cared about me. Being able to get the right medication for my depression and feeling that my experiences and perspectives are valued and valid, has really helped me to get back on track. 

 

I have been able to get my job back, get my own place, and I am on the verge of getting my drivers license back. I am eternally grateful for all that they have done for me, for always pushing me, not to be what they want me to be, but to be the best LeShay that I can possibly be. Living Proof is like family to me now, and they are always there for me. They gave me the opportunity to learn how to deal with my anxiety and depression. 

 

I cannot say enough about how much the folks at LivingProof have helped me. It is never going to be easy, but it is so nice to have people to turn to when things are hard. What I have experienced has made me a better person in the end, but I am so happy to be where I am in the journey toward a better outlook on life.

Jonathon
(Nelson)

If LivingProof can help me, then I know they can help you.

I’m an 18 year drug addict in recovery. I got in some trouble and when I came home from prison last year, I kept getting in trouble. I finally just got tired of the drug life and knew that it was time to make a change. 

 

I checked into the Floyd County Drug Court Program and they introduced me to LivingProof Recovery. It has made such a huge difference in my life. The folks at LivingProof are bonafide great people who know about drug addiction from their own experience. They really know how to help you rebuild your life.

 

I’ve been in the program for about a year and I find the peer support programs they offer to be so helpful. If you find that you are struggling with anything, you can just pick up the phone or pop in and they are here to help. They can help you with counseling or finding a job or reconnecting with the community in so many different ways. There is always someone here to listen. 

 

Since I’ve been in the program, I see a lot of more positive thoughts coming into my mind. These folks take the time to really work with you to make sure your mind is where it needs to be. I find it so much easier to talk to the folks at LivingProof because they come from where I come from. I don’t have to worry about someone looking down on me because of what I have come through.

 

Through this program, I see myself going to school to train to be able to work towards being a peer specialist or counselor. They all support me so well, and that makes a big difference in my sense of hope for the future.

 

If you want help, it is here. From peer support to job opportunities to the daily meetings and arts and crafts or workout programs, there is something for anyone who wants to try to change their life. 

 

I used to do so much dope in a day and one day I just asked God to take it away from me. Seven days later I went to jail and I just kept praying for a change and God led me to this program. 

 

When I talk to people who are struggling with addiction and want to make a change, I try to encourage them to give it a shot. There is always a way out and this is a great program that can help you do it. If they can help me, they can help you. Anything is possible through LivingProof Recovery.

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