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Michael’s path to recovery has not been a smooth one. Michael lived, in his words, a “normal, modern life” just a few years ago until marijuana use, abuse of prescription pills and untreated depression left him homeless and without contact with his two young daughters.

With no place to call home, Michael found support at Spectrum’s Recovery Connection Peer Recovery Support Center during the day — and with no other alternatives found himself living in a homemade teepee in the woods at night. His fireplace for one of the worst winters ever in New England was an old grill he found for free on Craigslist.

“At that point in my life, I was sober, but I knew I couldn’t do it alone, and the people at the Recovery Connection let me know I wasn’t alone, even if in the early months they thought I might be crazy. I was ready to change and lucky enough to have a place that supported that change,” says Michael.

pathinwoodspse_brightenedMichael stayed on the path to recovery that winter and says, “The steps were placed beneath my feet, with a beauty of which I’d never seen. I was out in the woods, but I was the happiest I’d ever been — I was clean and sober.”

Michael is happy with the path he took, however difficult it may have been, because it led him to where he is today — employed, with housing, and rebuilding his relationship with his daughters. He continues to give and receive support at The Recovery Connection as he continues on his path.

Michael’s story is just one of so many that tell of finding a pathway from addiction to recovery.

Your monetary donation this Holiday Season does more than support Spectrum’s nonprofit mission, it is a gift to a real person who is now on a path leading to a better life.

Last year, over 40,000 individuals found their pathway to recovery with Spectrum’s help, and Michael’s story describes just a small part of the continuum of care that Spectrum provides to those in need.

Your generosity allows us to help people rebuild their lives.  However modest, we rely on these donations — and today your gift goes further than ever as we continually improve and enhance our services.

I hope that your holidays are as warm and full of hope as Michael’s will be this year!


Charles Faris

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