My name is Manny and I’ve been in recovery for 3 and a half years. At age 13, I tried my first prescription opioid and that started my life on a long, dark road that turned into 15 years, more than half my life, battling a vicious opioid addiction. More than half my life, hurting the people that love me the most, losing good jobs, in and out of jail, and constantly in risky and dangerous situations, all to feed my addiction. In 2016, I was being released from jail with no where to live. I was tired of doing the same old things and ending up in the same old places. I called Fellowship RCO Recovery Residence before my release date, did a phone interview, and was accepted into Fellowship RCO’s Recovery Residence program.
My first stay with Fellowship was brief, I was there for about 4 months before my girlfriend at the time got pregnant. I used that as a reason to move out, prematurely. It wasn’t long before I was using again. I stayed out for about a year and a little after Xxavier was born, I found myself calling Fellowship RCO for help again. I knew that Fellowship RCO had a great program in place and that was where I wanted to be. This time I was at Fellowship RCO a little bit longer, but I’d be lying if I said I totally gave into the program. I did the things that were convenient for me and skipped on the things suggested that weren’t as convenient. About 6 months in, my life got shaky. Bad things were happening, and I didn’t build the tools necessary to cope, accept, and push forward through them. I left Fellowship again and started, what later I would realize was, my “last run.” This time I was only out for about 2-3 months when I came to the realization that I was on the brink of dying. I was watching people overdose and die around me, just waiting for my turn.
This is a miracle created by the program of Fellowship, the program of AA, and my relationship with my Higher Power. I am forever grateful for Fellowship Recovery Community Organization, Kyle, Bill, Dan, and all my brothers I made along the way. Because of the gifts I received thus far in my recovery, I was able to support my wife when her career path led her toward a position that would require a move away from Fellowship RCO. Because of the tools I have, and the growth I was able to experience in early recovery we were able to get our first house, and we are extremely grateful for all the gifts that recovery has brought us as a family, especially the connections that helped us get to where we are today.