Recovery truly means the difference between life and death. I attended the Vanguard Program in 2007. It truly saved my life and gave me everything I could have ever hoped for. The biggest key, for me, has been in the Steps. Those who work the Steps to their best ability are usually the people who stay in recovery. The true test of the addict is facing the character defects we all have. It’s a lifelong process.
Recovery also helps to deal with life events and trauma much more easily. Only seven months after leaving Vanguard, my brother took his own life. This was devastating beyond words to my family and me. However, being clean from active addiction helped me move through the grief process that best I could. By the grace of God, I did not relapse during that time.
Another key aspect to recovery is changing the glass from half empty to half full. I always viewed the world in a very negative way before entering recovery. This led to anger, resentment, and a sense of self entitlement. I now live with a positive attitude the best I can, and this pushes away the negativity. I’ve begun to feel a sense of gratitude, peace, and happiness. Recovery is no joke and if worked hard, it is indeed possible to experience wonderful life again.
- 2007 Alumni of the Vanguard Center for Compulsive Gambling
If you or a loved one is struggling with a gambling addiction or chemical dependency problem, please call us today at 1-800-862-1453. Don’t let finances be a barrier to recovery. Funding may be available for Minnesota residents. Scholarships are also available for those who qualify.