“I was stuck. I knew I’d never get where I wanted to be in life if I was drinking and getting high.”
Sitting in jail, 22 year old Zack wondered where he’d gotten off track. For years now, not a day went by when he didn’t drink or smoke pot. He was unemployed, had ruined friendships, severed family ties, and had lied to himself that his habits were not controlling his life.
Zach was referred to Frontline by Porter County Alcohol and Drug and Offender Services (PCADOS). It’s here that he began the Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, including Individual and Peer-to-Peer Group Counseling, and Art Recovery. Zach was on the road to recovery, although that was in no way an easy, smooth path. “I had to walk away from a close friend I’d drink with. I was broken, but he also knew that for me to recover, he couldn’t be there.”
“Staying on this Path, I’ve reached goals I never thought I could.”
Despite challenges, Zach was encouraged by the Frontline counselors and by others in program. “They connect in the right way; they’ve been through the same things as you.” Over time, Zach learned to remove himself from people and places that kept him stuck. “It’s hard, but by staying on this path, I’ve reached goals I never thought I could.”
Zach has graduated from treatment and now thrives in recovery. With over a year of sobriety, he works full time and sees helping others in their recovery as one of his proudest achievements, including the friend he had to leave during treatment. “I see the changes in me are already changing him. To know I make a difference is awesome.” Zach says to anyone who looking to get treatment to rest assured that “It makes life better.”