Before I arrived at New Found Freedom I was as far down on the scale of life as one could go. I was lonely, homeless, hopeless and depressed. My family wanted nothing to do with me and I wanted nothing to do with me. I tried everything I could think to escape the life I was living, every attempt failed miserably. A friend suggested I give New Found Freedom chance. I’ve never heard of recovery houses, sober house or even 12 step fellowships, so I was very skeptical and afraid. Once arriving at New Found Freedom I was welcomed by house full of smiling faces which was foreign to me at the time. I thought they were only being nice because they wanted something from me but, they wanted nothing from me all they wanted was to offer help and friendship to me. The staff was courteous and the structure was something I had missed for a long time. The entire community of NFF was like one big family who never gets mad at you and never turns their back on you. They taught me how to live happily in sobriety. They introduced me to a way of life I could have never imagined possible. They truly showed me that no matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. I just celebrated 8 1/2 years of continuous sobriety. The wonderful things I have in my life are a direct result of me taking my friends suggestion moving into New Found Freedom and giving life another shot. I’m so glad that I did.