My name is Wes, inmate number 501089 and I a person in long-term recovery. What that means is that I haven’t used any mood or mind-altering substances since February 6th, 2013.
In 2013, due to my decisions, I found myself living a life that was unmanageable and stuck in a revolving cycle of going in and out of jail. During my last incarceration, I decided that this wasn’t the life I wanted to live, and it was then that I made the necessary changes. the pain of staying the same had became greater than the pain of change. The consequences of my actions gave me the pain that motivated me to change. With the help of a treatment center, 12 step support groups, recovery housing, family support, therapy and the grace of a higher power, I overcame my battle with addiction.
Recovery has taught me that I literally can do anything I set my mind to. In my addiction, there were many days that I thought I would die. I didn’t even want to get better. I was hopeless and I felt weak. My addiction drained everything from me and my journey to recovery has brought me from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.
Today, I am currently an Outreach Peer Support Specialist at Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Recovery Services. Where I serve various populations from young adults, adults, parents, people experiencing homelessness and more. I advocate for people who are struggling to find their way, and I LOVE it! I am also currently enrolled in my third year in college working on my degree in Human Services.
I choose this profession to give back to those who resemble me and my past struggles, to give them hope that you can get through this monster called addiction and be everything that you desire to be.
We do recover
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