My name is Myron Richard, my sobriety date is April 14, 2010, and I am a proud alumnus of Healing Transitions, formerly The Healing Place of Wake County. I came to Healing Transitions from Little Rock, AR. I was referred to Healing Transitions by the Kelly Foundation, whose curriculum Recovery Dynamics is used by the program at Healing Transitions. By the power of God, Healing Transitions, and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have been sober for over 7 years. Prior to my sobriety date, my life was filled with depression, broken relationships, failed attempts at employment and education, no joy, and no purpose. The dreams that I once had for a successful life had all died, and I no longer had the desire to live.
If you have ever experienced the pains of alcoholism or addiction, there is really no need for me to elaborate on the details of what those dark days, or what those pitiful moments of hopelessness and despair feel like and look like. By the time I reached bottom, I was 29 years old shut up in an apartment that I felt I had become a prisoner of, empty bottles everywhere, and the only thought that I had was that maybe I would fall asleep and not wake up. I was malnourished, emaciated, and no longer able to digest food. I could not digest alcohol anymore but I could not stop drinking. Death seemed to be the only solution to my problem.
In a desperate attempt to overcome, I picked up the phone and called a trusted friend in recovery. I confessed to him that I needed immediate help, that I did not think that I was going to make it, and that I was willing to do anything he told me. Years of denial and fighting the obvious fact that my life was out of control had come to an end… It was suggested to me that I needed long- term help, that 28 days was not sufficient for my situation. It was suggested that I needed to leave town, and fight for my life with all that I had.
I have come to realize that even the smallest bit of faith can yield unbelievable results. You see, it took faith to pick up that phone and surrender. It took even more faith to leave everything and everyone that I knew and take a 22 hour bus ride to a place that I had never been, and no substantial certainty of what would become of my life. I stayed at Healing Transitions a total of 16 months and I completed the program July 31, 2011.
After completion of the program, I moved to Job’s Journey Apartments, and resided there for 4 years. While at Job’s Journey, I was able to practice the responsibilities of living sober and independent while in a protective environment. I became deeper involved in the AA program that I was introduced to at Healing Transitions. I was also able to work and return to college, to pursue dreams that had died as a result of my drinking.
I am eternally grateful for the decision I made to make that phone call 7 years ago. From the way that things have turned out, I feel that the decision for me to make that phone call was made by a Power greater than myself. Since completing the program at Healing Transitions, I am progressively becoming a productive member of society. After 10 years of failing attempts at education, I received an Associate’s degree in 2013, a Bachelor’s degree in 2015, and I am currently in law school pursuing a Juris Doctor. I have been employed full-time in the field of criminal justice for over 4 years. I have also lived on my own for over 2 years. The relationships that my drinking had destroyed have been renewed, new relationships are being created, and today I find purpose in the dilemma that plagued nearly 1/3 of my life.
It is my hope that the life I live brings encouragement and hope to someone who feels that all hope is gone. Living sober has made room for a life that I never thought possible. Never in a million years did I think that I would ever be in a position to encourage someone that life can get better. I had many failed attempts at recovery before I surrendered, and I am living proof that no matter how many times you have failed…you can begin again.