Hello, I would like to start by saying that I will forever be grateful to the people that work at Let’s Get Real. Not only but the place as well for it has served me well in my journey of recovery! I will tell you a little about myself and how my journey has led me to writing this now. I am 25 years old and have been battling heroin for about 6 years along with many other drugs as of the time. I am writing this I am 3 days away from celebrating 6 months of sobriety. I am blessed today so much so but I will get more into that. So I was born in Amherst, OH and raised in Vermilion, OH and alcohol has affected my life from the time I was born. My Dad died due to alcoholism when I was 8 years old and it runs heavily in my family. So when I was 18 I had my first run in with the law because of alcohol but never thought nothing of it and for the next 4 years I was off and running around getting locked up and doing things I never thought I would do to get drugs. So I ended up getting on probation and had to go to AA meetings. I did what I was told because anything was better than jail at this point. I went into AA giving it about half what I should have and it worked for a short time. But this is where Let’s Get Real comes into play. When I was coming to these meetings there were people who stood out to me who would come up to me with a smile and it felt like they really cared and what would you know a lot of them are really a big part of Let’s Get Real. So I started going up there, kinda peeking my head in to say Hi and get a nice conversation in. What do you know? They were more than welcoming to me. And just real people ya know it is called “let’s get real” for a reason they don’t judge you or think their better, they care and want to help and to me that was something I never seen before it was a fresh breath of life in a world that seemed to be falling apart anywhere I went. So I was kinda doing my own thing then happen to get locked back up knowing where I went wrong and I was so lost but had such hope that once I got out that I could stay sober and live a happy life (like the people here) so I wrote a letter to Let’s Get Real while I was locked up and once again the people here reached out and I had someone whom I am truly blessed to call a friend today start to work with me in this recovery thing. So as I was locked up I was getting busy in the 12 steps of AA and everything was going great then the day arrived when I was released. That’s when the real test starts and I was going home and something happened that was out of my control let’s just say I lost the place I was living and the peson I was living with went to do her own thing. Now I was messed up about this and what did I want to do? Well go get high, but thank you “Let’s Get Real” I was driving by and saw some heads through the window and said “ya know what, I am going to go talk to someone.” I was a mess and they talked with me. They let me just sit here that whole week just because I needed to be around safe and sober people. It’s amazing what a little bit of love from another person can do. I would like to say to whoever is reading this that give it a shot. It is a really a cool life! If you know someone or are a family member of some one battling this there are people who can help and they might not have all the answers but your not alone we can do this together and I would not have that any other way today! I am truly blessed to have these people in my life and this amazing place to come sit and talk with true friends today. I am so amazed that someome would care about me, to even care about what I think and ask me to share my story with you. This is a pleasure. Thank you so much and come on down there is help for everyone.