I'm Cody, I'm an opportunity for recovery today because I volunteer at the HOPE center. That's just crazy to me. I never thought I'd be a volunteer, ever actually giving back now to the community and helping those still struggling with addiction, whether they're sober today or they're still out there using. I suffered from a Substance Use Disorder and I know many people that do. And today, I just try to have an open are to people that want to talk, and listen. I've become good at actively listening, and be able to sit there and not tell them what to do now. I try to create a safe space. I help those that come in through these doors every day, try to give them inspiration and hope now. I never thought I'd be doing that. Now I'm taking recovery coach classes, I'm doing the Recovery Coach Academy. I've got a job now. I've got an actual job. I'm actually being a part of society now, which I've never been. It's wonderful today, I actually love it. I love life. I'm content with myself now. You know, life isn't all rainbows and giggles. Stuff happens, but it's how I deal with it now. It's really how I deal with it today. You know? I changed my thoughts. I focus on the positive. If I focus on the negative, I'm going to get nowhere. So I focus on the positive. I go out there and help someone that's struggling. And by doing that, I help myself. I volunteer at the HOPE center. It's wonderful! If I'm struggling, there's people that come up to me -- I don't even have to say anything. They see me hurting. And I can see that in other people's faces, also. I just want to create a wonderful place for people to come and open up. Because I've never had that before, and many others haven't had that, either. I ask all of those inside and outside of recovery to help create a safe space, to listen, to be a message of hope. Be that opportunity to help those struggling.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:30am