With every opportunity handed to him, a deep empty space grew in Jaden S’s life. Consequences piled on top of one another until he reached his rock bottom and found his way into the light of recovery at The Cedars.
Read below Jaden’s inspiring story of strength and determination.
My name is Jaden and I am an alcoholic. I got sober at 20.
I grew up in Kwa-Zulu Natal with two loving parents. I had been given every opportunity a young boy could ask for and as a result, I should want for nothing. No matter what I did, I could not satisfy a desire to fit in, to belong, to be at ease or to feel complete.
At thirteen I finally found something that solved all my problems. Over the next seven years it did not matter what it was alcohol or drugs, if it made me feel different, I wanted it.
At seventeen I was diagnosed with a list of mental health issues. The truth was I was just an untreated alcoholic. At the time these new disorders I was labeled with were a brilliant excuse to carry on behaving badly, drinking and using; with prescriptions added.
After school I attempted university, this was the freedom I needed in order to truly hit my first rock bottom. Consequences started coming into my life, friends left, and I had completely ruined relationships with those close to me especially my parents.
I remember sitting by myself and feeling hopeless and alone but convinced I did not have a problem. Not long after moving back home more consequences followed and I just could not do it anymore. I asked to go to rehab so the chaos I had created could blow over, then I thought I can go back to drinking and using.
At my first treatment centre, I was loaded me with more prescriptions, and I carried on drinking and using. I was expelled from the rehab. They called me a lost cause and said they wouldn’t be able to help me. They said there was one place that could maybe help and later that day I found myself at The Cedars.
I took my last mood or mind-altering substance on the 29th of June 2017, I woke up on the 30th clean and sober but far from recovery. I spent the next four months going through the 12 steps, leaning about spirituality and responsibility. It took me a while to accept all that was happening, but I could not help but fall in love with the program the moment I started working it.
It was challenging, but I am so grateful for the encouragement and the guidance I received at The Cedars.
I finished primary treatment and moved into the The Cedars halfway house. This experience gave me an opportunity to practice what I had been taught at the facility, in a safe environment among friends, who themselves, are going through the same situation.
There is no quick fix to my alcoholism, and this is a lifelong solution which I am so grateful to have.
Today I live, study and work in London. I have the most incredible relationship with my family. I am active in 12 step fellowships and have made the most amazing friends.
I am constantly growing in recovery and applying what I was taught at The Cedars in my day-to-day life.
Today I am a grateful recovering alcoholic.”
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