Being in recovery myself, I feel that by sharing my experience, strength, and hope with those that are struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction will hopefully bring about in them the willingness, acceptance, and God-consciousness one needs to recover.
This calling holds a very special place for me. My personal recovery began, after many previous attempts, when I completed a program very similar to what OARS offers and then moving into a men's recovery home much like the Ashtree Men's Recovery Home associated with our program.
My journey has been long. I have been in quite a few "traditional" rehabs, experienced homelessness on more than one occasion, and was labeled alcoholic by my family when I was only 15 years old. When I finally admitted that I was powerless and turned my will and my life over to my Higher Power for help, I was able to let go of my past, "clean up" my side of the street, and became willing to help others and progress to be the man that I was created to be.