Ron will be joining Friday Men’s Group as a volunteer and will be available for 12 Step Meetings. The following is his story…
In 2007 my life was completely out of control…Only, I didn’t think so…
An intervention brought me to a Treatment Centre which started my recovery journey. I didn’t think I was an alcoholic or a drug addict…Today, that has all changed.
Over the last 5 years, I have developed a passion for the science and treatment of Addiction. Through ISAM, CSAM, the Foothills Addiction Centre/University of Calgary and Mount Royal University I have expanded my comprehension of the disease and its treatment. This education enabled me to grasp all of the biological, psychosocial & spiritual components that were prevalent and grew as my addiction progressed over the first 46 years of my life.
The realization of the devastating affects drugs can have on neuronal health and addiction itself has on physical health led me to start to restore my physical health. I had little hope for the mental health then. This was a slow process but I never gave up. Today I can say I exceeded my goals physically and have noticed a vast improvement mentally as have others. In theory, it can take up to 10 years to restore neuronal damage from substances. I know that I’ve progressed here and am hopeful for continued restoration.
Over a year ago I embarked on another aspect of my development. I was trained in suicide prevention and crisis intervention. I currently volunteer at The Distress Centre. This has allowed me to develop the compassionate and empathetic side of me that was hidden by addiction.
Nearly five years ago, I started a journey that I thought was just about sobriety. But sobriety has led me to recovery on many levels. The obvious ones are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The new ones are behaviourally and socially.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to volunteer at HUM, to help other men in recovery connect with the recovery process and attending 12 Step meetings.