- On July 13, 2016
Brandon says he has surprised himself with his progress in the six months since he came to the Binghamton Rescue Mission. “When I first got here, I didn’t have faith in much,” he recalls.
Brandon came to the Rescue Mission from an inpatient treatment program, which he had entered after being hospitalized for severe alcohol withdrawal. From the age of 14, he had been drinking. Then an addiction to a prescription painkiller also opened the door to opioid and heroin abuse and “a life wracked with criminal activity,” he says. “I’d been beaten into submission by the disease of addiction. I was mentally and physically exhausted.”
With a supportive and sober place to live at the Rescue Mission, Brandon regained control of his life. “I really credit the people and staff here with helping to save my life,” he shares, explaining that staff helped him “regain touch with a higher power,” which helped him believe in himself as well.
Brandon says he is grateful for each day and staying focused on his recovery. He works as a cook for a Binghamton restaurant, has reconnected with his children and reconciled with his wife. Brandon says his connection to the Mission will continue long into the future: “I feel like when I’m no longer a resident here, it’ll be impossible for me not to give back on a regular basis.”