I walked into my first meeting and heard convincing testimonies of people who were just as bad or worse than me but had found a solution to their problems.
What I hadn’t predicted was that the solution was finding a Power greater than themselves. That’s exactly what I had been searching for. I learned that I had to put my recovery first, so that everything that I love didn’t have to come last anymore. On the spot, right there, I got a sponsor and began my steps. The remainder of my time in prison was spent; sponsoring, helping others, studying the Bible, attending meetings, and anything I could do to become the best version of myself. This combination resulted in an awakening and a new way of living.
Towards the very end of my sentence, God introduced me to one more cherished resource. That resource was Denise McDonald, whom I had met at an AA meeting on our yard. We started writing each other consistently and she became my mentor. I loved talking with her and she was amazing but I had no intentions of coming to New Freedom. Then, parole denied my address. Today, I know that God had his hands all over that decision. Last minute, Denise was able to accept me into New Freedom. I came to the program with resolve to match the same intensity I put towards my recovery on the yard, out here on the streets. I knew this worked because I saw the people who came before me succeeding.