It is said that addiction now has a new face.
Steve was good student and an athlete. His parents provided him a nurturing home and a strong, moral foundation. Like many teens, he experimented with alcohol and marijuana as a weekend diversion. While Steve’s friends moved on and eventually stopped using, Steve’s desire to use drugs escalated to opiates, heroin, cocaine and crack. His weekend diversion now became a daily ritual. Forty-seven rehabs, 4 overdoses, homelessness and a 6 month court mandated program did not deter him. He manipulated the people around him, lying and stealing to get his next fix. Steve feigned interest in recovery, as an intent to temporarily pacify his friends and family.
In 2016 Steve began attending AA meetings and in the fall he admitted himself into The Retreat in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. While there, an administrator recommended Manor of Hope to provide Steve with long term addiction support. Steve reluctantly agreed and admitted himself to the program. During Steve’s first six weeks at Manor of Hope he was immersed in NA meetings and was provided with individual and group therapy. He was also given a nutritional and exercise regime and a structured schedule.
Steve worked daily at Half Hill Farm in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He spent the first few days on the farm looking for a way out. Steve hated everything about Half Hill: mucking stalls, grooming horses, fetching eggs, painting barn doors, felling trees and splitting wood. As time passed however, he began to adjust to the routine. His self confidence grew as his mind and body began to heal. Steve began to understand how to confront his issues and cope with daily life in a healthy manner.