I grew up in Illinois and moved to Colorado in 2001 when I was 19 to pursue the ski-bum lifestyle. I quickly fell into the après ski world of drugs and alcohol. I tried for 10 years to control and manage my use but I continued to fail. I drifted into a lonely desperate world where I was ruled by heroin and meth and could not imagine life with or without drugs. I tried to disappear and ignore the desperate loving pleas from my family offering help. Finally on May 5, 2011 what initially seemed like a curse turned out to be one of the greatest blessing I could have received. I began the journey of recovery behind bars, then into CeDAR a 28 day in-patient treatment Aurora, CO. I then was able to go to Jaywalker Lodge in Carbondale, CO for 90 days. The treatment run had come to an end and I still felt like I needed another transition to the complete freedom of living on my own. That's when I first heard about St. Paul Sober Living. I moved into the Carbondale house in December of 2011 and developed a great bond with the other men in the house. I spent my first sober Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Birthday in SPSL. I then celebrated my 1 Year Sobriety Birthday before moving out in May of 2012. Carbondale has a great recovery community and I wanted to stay in the area and have a step down from treatment before living on my own. St. Paul Sober Living provided me the perfect amount of freedom and accountability. I now work for a Non-Profit drug/alcohol treatment center in Colorado and am going back to school to pursue a career in the field of recovery from addiction. I am eternally grateful for all of the gifts I have been given since I got sober. SPSL was a small but crucial part of my road to recovery and I am truly grateful to you SPSL and the lifelong friendships I developed while living in the Carbondale house. From the moment I wake up until I lay down at night I live a life of gratitude. I can't believe where I am today and how many people have helped me get to where I am today, freedom at last.