Life in Addiction RecoveryThank you Jamel for sharing your inspiring testimony.
Jamel F., originally from New Jersey and currently residing in Frederick, Maryland, shares a powerful testimony about his struggle with addiction, his relationship with his father, his transformative experience at Tranquility Woods, and his commitment to recovery.
Struggle with Addiction and a Crisis Moment
Jamel recalls a harrowing moment when he lost control while drinking alone at home. He got into his brand-new car, and the next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital. In a moment of despair, he expressed his readiness to give up on life. However, upon awakening, he saw two of his cousins by his bedside, a moment that seemed to serve as a wake-up call.
Complex Relationship with His Father
Jamel shares that he harbored resentment towards his father. This complicated emotional history played into his own moment of crisis.
Experience at Tranquility Woods
Jamel describes his time at Tranquility Woods as a “second home.” Initially skeptical, he found the staff professional, reliable, and courteous, which helped him ease into the recovery process. He feels a lasting commitment to the organization and considers them his “second family.”
First Year of Recovery
His first-year post-treatment was an “eye-opener” filled with ups and downs. He faced losses in his life but adhered to the suggestions made by Tranquility Woods, such as attending Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), sponsor meetings, and church. He emphasizes the importance of taking it “one day at a time” and leaning on a higher power, which for him is God.
Importance of Routine and Mindfulness
Jamel talks about the importance of creating a routine, just as he did at Tranquility Woods, and focusing on the present. He notes how it takes more energy to be angry or upset and has learned to let go of things that he cannot change, using the Serenity Prayer as a guide.
Writing a Book
Jamel has also written a book about his rehab experience, touching on themes of mental health, substance abuse, and trauma. The book is also a tribute to people he’s lost, including his father, a Master Chief in the Navy who committed suicide shortly after Jamel’s son was born.
Jamel’s story is one of struggle, resilience, and ongoing commitment to recovery.