CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – In connection with the Capitol city, a group of people gathered today to spread hope and share their stories of overcoming addiction.
One addict could recall the moment she decided to change her life.
“[My grandson] was so upset and he says, ‘grandma, I love you, but you’re drunk every day and you know what, that was it for me. That was it, I was at rehab immediately and it just changed my life, so now I get to be strong.”
Group members were at least one year clean and became sober with the help of various facilities around the state.
This group of people are recovering addicts who have a message for those who are struggling with addiction still – that treatment works and it’s available in your community.
A recovering addict, now recovery coach, Robert Dolin said, “I was part of the problem, now I’m part of the solution. I’m a recovery coach now. I went from somewhat scared to even talk because I have a speech impediment, now I’m talking for a living helping people, stepped up from gates of hell where we stood at.”
These recovery addicts share their stories to validate, spread awareness and encourage others struggling to seek help.
“Surrender, give up the fight, you don’t have to do this fight no more. There’s a way out,” said Dolin.
Survivors know how you feel, because they’ve been there, and want you to find that hope too.
HELP4WV is crisis hotline for those suffering addition or mental health issues. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year and can be reached at (844) 435-7498. You call or text the number, chat with them on their website.