[quote]When I met Patrick Ochoa in late 2010, he quickly became one of the most influential people I’d ever met. I was 17 years old and struggling with heroin addiction, and Patrick led me to understand the perilous condition I was in, surrender to obvious fact I was an alcoholic and drug addict, and gave me hope for a beautiful life in recovery. Patrick has remained available to me through events such as grieving my grandfathers death, making difficult amends with my father and others, as well as setting and attaining my goals for going to college. Patrick understands addiction through and through, has a knack for picking apart my own selfish and limited thinking, and possesses an overwhelming amount of compassion and love that has time and time again picked me up and helped me to my feet.  I look forward to the experience that anyone who has the opportunity to work with Patrick will have. He is an excellent source of understanding and hope in the darkest and most difficult of times.  – Brad Waldo, Berkely California[/quote]

[quote]I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program.  As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week.  Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I.  It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God.  When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate.  Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that  I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.  – Megan Q.[/quote]

Sustain Recovery changed my life in a way I never considered remotely possible. I arrived in a place where I knew nobody. Sustain Recovery gave me tools so that I never had to be alone again. I learned how to live like an adult and have genuine relationships with other human beings. I gained a sense of self respect, love, and pride from the challenges I was given by staff. I was able to work through the recent loss of my father and I achieved my goal of not taking any psychiatric medication.
I learned that life is an endless balancing act. I have to continually work on myself and my relationships with the people in my life. The staff at Sustain Recovery are all incredibly experienced and spiritual. They were available to me whether I wanted their help or not. Through their efforts and experience, I experienced the inner workings of having an intimate, loving relationship with a loving creator.
Sustain Recovery is “home” for me. I discovered a loving, caring family that helped launch me to a place I would have never dreamed and, if I would have dreamed it, I would never have believed I would be able to accomplish it.

K.C.
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