OF OUR MEN
The disease of addiction doesn’t discriminate. Age, race, education, money—none of that matters. What does matter is knowing that regardless of who you are or what your background is, you can recover. You can get sober, and you can get your life back. But you’re going to have to fight for it.
At Step Denver, our residents range in age from 21 to 68, with an average age of 41. Although most are from the Denver Metro area, there are men who come to us from throughout the state of Colorado and beyond.
Just like these men – and all other Step alumni – in order to reach your goals, you have to make the effort, be accountable, and allow yourself to be supported by others. These men are doing it, and so can you.
After suffering a seizure on a hotel room floor, James was given the gift of desperation. Something told him he needed to get help or he was going to die. “It’s amazing when you gain self-respect and become proud of yourself, what that does. It’s a good feeling. Something told me to make that call. I’m glad I chose to get help…and I’m more than blessed that I found Step. There’s no words for how I feel about this place.”
Addiction can take away everything from us, including the important relationships in our life—but recovery can bring them back. Just take it from Santiago, our Recovery Support Manager, and his sister Audrey. “He’s actually my hero. He knows that. Even though he’s my younger brother, I truly look up to him. He is one of my best friends, and he is just amazing.”
It wasn’t until Abe found Step that he was able to break the continuous cycle of recovery and relapse. Thanks to this program and the opportunity to serve as Step’s Facility Supervisor and a Peer Coach, Abe turned his life around. “One of the number one things that makes it so I can continue my sobriety is being able to give back to other people that need it in the same way that I did. Paying it forward.”
From fearing her brother to fearing for his life, trying to locate him, and eventually putting him in jail, Theresa – sister to Vincent, our Director of Vehicle Donations – is forever grateful for what Step gave to her brother. Now, instead of waiting for that phone call we all fear, she says, “My relationship with my brother is back. He’s my best friend. He’s the man my sons look up to, and he is the example of the type of man I want my sons to be. Loving, caring, humble, accountable, funny, and of course, sober.”
I hadn’t felt home in a long time until I found Step.Zack
I started getting comfortable with being homeless…I knew where to get food, where to get cheap beer, and then I remembered the opportunity I had here and said, ‘this isn’t me.’ It seemed like the way to go. For the first time since my mom passed, I’m at peace.Tim
Step has given me the opportunity to put distance between my addiction and recovery, and they give you the opportunity to do it for yourself. I couldn’t stop on my own. I wanted it more than anything. I just couldn’t do it on my own.Mark