The long, difficult road to HCBC for Miles began when he was only nine years old. After his parents abused marijuana and alcohol, he was removed from the home and placed in foster care.
Out of curiosity, Miles began smoking and drinking at this early age. He had watched his father struggle with an alcohol addiction, and yet, that did not stop him from abusing the same intoxicant.
“I never thought I would become an alcoholic. I always hated the way my father smelled, but alcohol was the one drug dealer that would never tell me ‘no.’”
As one thing led to another, Miles spent the next 30 years of his life ﬁrst in foster care, then juvenile detention, onto prison and battling an alcohol addiction. He was incarcerated multiple times due to charges and convictions of driving while intoxicated. His ﬁrst stay in jail was for 19 months and shortly after, for 2 years. The third time, he was arrested and received his longest sentence of 10 years in prison.
After years of alcohol abuse and PTSD from his tragic childhood, Miles found himself in the hospital diagnosed with kidney failure. The moment he knew something had to change happened when a doctor told him, “If you don’t stop drinking, you will die.”
Miles was placed on probation and sent to get treatment at HCBC. He has been in consistent treatment for two years which has resulted in gaining his strength to conquer his addition. His favorite service offered for treatment is the individual counseling sessions. “Steven, my counselor is highly intelligent. He is open and honest and truly cares about each individual and their recovery. I couldn’t have made it this far without him.”
While continuing through his treatment journey, Miles is constantly aware of the triggers that led him to continually abuse in the past. He is now employed and able to communicate with family and friends in ways he never thought possible in his former life of addiction.
His advice to anyone who is struggling with substance use and thinking about treatment would be “…to put yourself and your recovery ﬁrst, or you’ll put everything you love last.”