Debra, a former patient who now volunteers at Fairbanks, says that the best thing she received from her time in recovery here, was when she left.
“I had to face life on my own, and I learned I wasn’t afraid anymore – I could feel the peace.”
Being at Fairbanks, Debra says, helped her find the woman she’s been hiding all these years. “When I look in the mirror, I can say I actually like this person,” she says. “I had to deal with all my emotions and stuff. Before recovery, my emotions were in a bottle.”
“My biggest thrill is talking with the other women at Fairbanks,” she says. “They think I’m helping them…they’re helping me.” READ DEBRA'S STORY>>
After years of drinking and casual drug use, Tyrone found his own path to recovery by witnessing the hope Fairbanks had given his own brother.
“I watched my brother change and realized I was addicted to drugs and alcohol also and I wanted to change. He really helped me see that there was hope.” said Tyrone.
Although Tyrone struggled with the concept of sobriety and honesty for several years he has now been sober for three years and has a new outlook on life.
“I changed my attitude and actions and realized that I have to be honest with myself,” said Tyrone. “It begins with me and it ends with me and I have to be responsible for my decisions.
My life today is better than it’s ever been.” READ TYRONE'S STORY>>
“For me rock bottom isn’t a place, it’s a feeling,” added Frank.
Frank chose recovery on September 13, 1996 when he came to Fairbanks. Although he had attempted sobriety many other times, this time he wanted it for good.
“Fairbanks had my best interest,” said Frank. “Everyone at Fairbanks helped me get honest and cut through the denial to see who I really was.” According to Frank one of the ways he stays sober is through volunteering at Fairbanks with the adolescents. For him, it is how he gives back.
“Life today is 180 degrees different from what it was when I was using,” said Frank. “It’s not what I have, it’s how I feel.” READ FRANK'S STORY>>