2. How has AIRS affected your life?
Before AIRS, I had no idea how to manage a household or cook for myself. I only owned two pair of jeans! My Case Managers supported me and connected me to resources. Having a stable living situation, I now have security and don’t have to worry: “What’s going to happen to me if I have medical problems?” Right now I am living with skin cancer and am grateful I can concentrate on getting better without worrying about paying rent.
I started drinking at 13 years of age, but stopped eight months ago when I chose to take the recommendation of the AIRS’s Substance Use counselor. She told me about Vivitrol; a monthly injection to help people stop drinking. I had never heard of this before. I am clear that if I hadn’t gone to AIRS I would have never heard about Vivitrol and stopped drinking. Even my doctor didn’t tell me about it!” This past January, I celebrated my 38th birthday. To be honest, it’s the first birthday celebration I actually remember.
3. What does the future hold for you?
Before AIRS I thought I was lost and would never have anything. Being in the program has showed me how strong I am. I like to put it like this: AIRS gives you a spoon, but you need to feed yourself. My health is improving and I have a vision of moving into a new house and starting my own business. I want to continue to make good decisions and use the opportunities presented to me.