- On December 1, 2016
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This Christmas, Randy’s family might hardly recognize him as the same person he was just one year ago, when his life revolved around drinking. “Drinking alcohol has been the biggest part of myself for 40 years,” he says.
The addiction took him to dark places and into one difficult situation after another. He’s slept in the woods, in an apartment that was condemned, in a bed-bug ridden motel, in emergency shelters, and in jail. Depression and desperation were around every corner.
He remembers a low point when he wandered the streets, picking cigarettes off the ground. “I don’t feel like that person at all now,” he says. “I don’t feel hopeless or helpless.”
Randy credits much of his turnaround to the Binghamton Rescue Mission. He came to live at the Rescue Mission after completing in-patient treatment, and his case manager worked with him to ensure he received treatment for both his depression and his addiction. Randy says he’s accomplished every goal he’s set for himself since coming to the Rescue Mission, and he’s begun repairing his relationship with his mother and sister.
The ongoing support and encouragement he’s received from Rescue Mission staff and fellow residents has made all the difference in helping him stay sober and work toward his goals, he says. “I’ve been so happy here. It’s the best support I ever could have hoped for.”