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Susan Stader
Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2017. It's a fresh new year, and for many it also signifies a clean slate. A fresh start, an opportunity for a second chance. Again in 2017, the most popular New Year's Resolution is "get healthy" (according to NBC News). That means many different things to many different people.

Our country is suffering from a severe heroin epidemic. In an article published by The Washington Post on December 8, 2016, it was written that data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed a sobering statistic: for the first time, heroin deaths have surpassed gun homicides. More than 30,000 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2015, a number that jumped over 5,000 from the year before. Getting healthy is a dire need for many in this country, and it means getting free of the grip of heroin addiction.

Speaking of second chances, this month we are featuring a special story for you. We call it "Hogan's Story of Hope". Hogan has been victorious in getting healthy, beating heroin, and living a fresh new life full of hope. I hope you take a couple of minutes to read his story.

All of us at Next Step Recovery want to thank all of you who support us in our mission of helping men get healthy and free from the dark cloud of addiction. Whether you volunteered to help at Golf Fore Recovery, sent a monetary donation, purchased items from our Amazon Gift List, or one of the other myriad of ways your generosity helps us...we appreciate you! Thank you so much for helping us to help men live new lives of hope.

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Susan Stader, MS, LPC, LCAS

Hogan's Story of Hope
Hogan England, a former heroin addict, tells his story of hope for other addicts and families dealing with the grip of addiction.

When I got high for the very first time, I had no idea what was to come of the next handful of years. Something that started as a desire to fulfill this curious space in my head eventually turned into this nagging, incessant need to feel different. It ultimately ended up in silent desperation.

When I was twenty years old there was one particular, incredibly dreadful night after which my father and I had a talk that ended in him asking if I was in need of help. That was a pinnacle moment in my life; I had no idea how drastically my life was about to change.

Recovery is beautiful. It's like catching a breath of air when you were almost certain you were drowning. The gifts of recovery are ample in quantity as well as quality. There is no addict out there who is suffering that does not deserve a chance to live clean. I believe every human being is capable of making changes where they are possible; I used to not even believe this about myself. Recovery has given me the chance to live two different lives in one single lifetime. I am forever grateful for how my life has turned out today.

Read all of Hogan's story >>

We Rocked the Holidays...AND Recovery!
Our Rock Recovery tree
Thank you for helping us deck our halls!

We asked you for donations and Rock Star nominations...and just like Santa, you delivered! Check out the picture our beautiful tree, all decked out for the holidays with ornament dedications. Thank you so much for your generosity!

NEXT STEP RECOVERY, INC  is a recovery house for young males 18 years of age or older who are recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.