Recovery Hero Stories

Cherii Fresquez

My name is Cherii Fresquez, I’ve been in recovery for 19 months. My most proud accomplishments during this time are my sobriety, my understanding of self-love, and growth, and that acceptance is key. Learning to genuinely love friends/people that are struggling, show them there is hope. I’ve seen it, and truly believe it. Prior to…

Sara Baldwin

My name is Sara Baldwin and I have been in recovery from meth for 16 years and from alcohol for 2 years. In my recovery, I’ve started becoming the person God created me to be. My skills as a mother have improved drastically and I take much pride in being a source of stability and…

Frank Montesano 2.0

My name is Frankie and I have been in recovery for 4 ½ years. First and foremost, I am proud of myself for maintaining my sobriety. During this time, I’ve completed all requirements for my probation sentence, and I will be able to have my record sealed in the near future. I decided to go…

Recovery Hero Matthew (Mike) Michael

My name is Matthew (Mike) Michael, I have been in long term recovery and wellness as a lifestyle since September 14th, 2020, when I was arrested in Loveland, CO for my last DUI.  I believe God sent the police to arrest me to save my life because I was very suicidal and on a drunken…

Family Heros William & Amy Protexter

We are Bill and Amy P. I would say we have truly been an ally in recovery since March of 2023. Before that, I would say we were trying to do our best to help our son, but we didn’t know what we didn’t know. Fortunately, we found some true ‘angels’ in March 2023 who…

Recovery Hero Saskia

My name is Saskia Beljaars, and I have been in recovery since August 6, 2022 – a year and two months. August 6, 2022, was the day that my daughter was born, which was one of the most beautiful and life-changing experiences of my life. Due to the circumstances of my pregnancy, I can say with certainty that my…

Recovery Hero Caitlin S.

I am so excited about how much life has changed for me. I have been in recovery for about six months. Every day seems a little bit easier. Things are less chaotic, relationships are growing or slowly repairing, and I have so much newfound joy in all the little things. In a perfect world, we would all learn…

Recovery Hero Kati L

In 2012, my journey into addiction began when I was prescribed narcotics for a work injury. Unknowingly, the medication was addictive, and I faced challenges after losing insurance coverage. In search of alternatives, I found myself trapped in a destructive cycle of drug use, leading to legal troubles and failed attempts at quitting. Eventually, I…

Recovery Hero Steve

When asked to write my story for a newsletter and social media for a recovery community organization, I was positive it couldn’t possibly fit. I grew up in an alcohol fueled home, my dad died at 8 crushed under a car he was working on. He was everything to me and back then it was…

Recovery Hero Kiryn

My name is Kiryn and I have been in recovery for over two and a half years. My most treasured accomplishment in that time has been my change in perspective on life and my self-worth. Prior to my recovery, I did not see myself deserving of a good life and I never thought I could…

Recovery Hero Brooke

My name is Brooke, and I have been a person in long-term recovery for 4 years now. My journey was long. I started using illicit substances at the age of 13, but that quickly turned from drinking alcohol and doing cocaine to jumping right into doing Heroin by the age of 15. I found myself…

Recovery Hero Alex

My name is Alex and I have been free of mind- and mood-altering substances since July 31, 2022.  During this time, I am most proud of being able to be the father to my daughter that she deserves. Every day I get to work towards being a better person today, than I was the previous…

Family Hero Dominique

My name is Dominique, and I am a woman in long-term recovery from SUD, and what that means to me is that I get to live a full and self-directed life today. I have been on this journey to recovery since 2014 and have sustained my recovery since Jan 4, 2018. It has been my…

Recovery Hero Brian

My name is Brian Heintz, I celebrated 10 years alcohol-free on 10/25/12. I am currently in school to become an addiction counselor, and I look forward to getting out into the field and helping others. I am currently in my last class of the program, with just the internship to follow.  My low point came…

Recovery Hero Brandon

My name is Brandon Brown, and I have been in recovery for 5 years. The last 5 years have been amazing. I got married 3 years ago, became a minister 3 years ago, bought a house 2 years ago, and have traveled all over the West Coast helping others and doing community outreach work with…

Recovery Hero Tonya

My name is Tonya Keith, and I have been in recovery for 15 years. I have a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse.  Some of the things I have accomplished in recovery that I am most proud of are re-connecting with my family and becoming comfortable in my own skin by being more…

Recovery Hero Erin

Hello, my name is Erin.  I am 39, a wife, and a mother. I am 14 weeks sober, so still a newbie.  The most proud accomplishment I have had during this time is being able to continue on without looking back.  The craving will always be there but the being able to turn it down…

Recovery Hero Nic

My name is Nic Paczolt and I have been in recovery since August of 2020. What I am most proud of is getting back into college and at the moment maintaining a 3.89 GPA and also getting my state certification to be a CPFS! Prior to recovery a low point for me was losing connection…

Recovery Hero Renee

My name is Renee and I just celebrated 2 years of continuous sobriety. What I have accomplished during the past 2 years is finding my true calling by working as a Recovery Coach and using my experience, strength, and hope to help others. I also have my 4 daughters and 3 grandkids in my life…

Recovery Hero Brandy O

Hi, my name is Brandy, and I have been in recovery for 10 years. Recovery for me means a life that I could only dream of when I was in addictive addiction. Today I am blessed enough to be a mom to four wonderful children and have a marriage that is supportive with a place to…

Recovery Hero Danny P

Hi, my name is Danny Pedotto and I’ve been in Recovery since Oct. 8th, 2017, which puts me at 5 years!  Since I’ve gotten clean and sober, I’ve been able to start processing the traumatic experiences that I went through to help me deal with my substance use disorder. I’ve been able to change unhealthy…

Recovery Hero Melissa N

My name is Melissa Nugin and I am 33 years old. After over ten years in active addiction and countless attempts, I have been in recovery for a little over 6 strong months. I am most proud of how much I have retrained my mind and begun taking care of my mental health first and…

Recovery Hero Nicole B

My name is Nicole Beck and I have been in recovery since January 15th, 2022. What I am most proud of in my recovery is that I am still sober and I worked hard to get my daughter back into my life. This was not an easy task but I was not going to leave my…

Recovery Hero Ashley

I’m Ashley, and I’ve had an addiction to alcohol on and off my entire life. For the past 3 years, it has officially taken hold of my life, and I couldn’t function without it. My life was chaos, losing job after job due to my addiction. I met Carol in the hospital after a severe…

Recovery Hero Michael

My life before recovery was absolute chaos and disorder. I was homeless with nothing but the clothes on my back. The moment that I sought help, I was left on the streets with nothing but one pair of clothes and in deep psychosis. I was screaming and yelling downtown, then I walked to the police…

Recovery Hero Anthony

Hi, my name is Tony, I have been in recovery since 2014 My biggest accomplishment during this time is my 6-year-old daughter Harlow. Prior to recovery, my lowest point was when I was unemployed, couch surfing, and stealing from people. I was hurting those closest to me, making it impossible to maintain relationships with my…

Recovery Hero Cassandra

My name is Cassandra. I have been in recovery for almost a year. During this year, my accomplishments have been going back to PPCC to finish my degree. I have successfully completed intensive inpatient rehab as well as rebuilding my relationship with my family and girlfriend. Before recovery, my lowest point was getting fired from…

Recovery Hero Rachel

My name is Rachel, I began my recovery journey in 1999 when I was encouraged by law enforcement. The thing that I am most proud of during this journey is how well my adult children are thriving in life and how well I am doing. Before recovery, my lowest point was when I was hospitalized after a…

Recovery Hero Jonathan

My name is Jonathan and I have been in recovery for about a year and a half now During this time, I have accomplished being able to rebuild my relationship with my family, which I thought was damaged beyond repair. I also recently got engaged and will be getting married in September! My lowest point…

Recovery Hero Crystal “Koda”

My name is Crystal, AKA Koda, and I’ve been in recovery for 21 months. My accomplishments while in recovery have been: graduating from VTC (Veterans Trauma Court). completing my 12-step program and probation by completing community service, EMDR, neuro, and all required classes. I have completed the Peer Recovery Coach Academy and the required courses…

Recovery Hero Steven

My name is Steven, and I am currently a Justice Peer Recovery Coach. I have been sober for 41 months. In these last 3 years of my recovery, my accomplishments have been establishing a stronger relationship with God by reading and understanding scripture and applying it to my life. As well as being able to…

Recovery Hero Jennifer

My name is Jennifer and I have been in recovery since 1995. Ironically, I worked as a Mental Health Technician in 1993, just two years before my diagnosis. I am continuing my recovery journey and now I am the CEO/ President of a peer-driven agency in Lafayette, Louisiana. This was the first peer-driven agency in…

Recovery Hero Scott M

Hello, my name is Scott, and I have been in recovery for 6.5 years. During my recovery, I would say my proudest moment was completing my PRCA(Peer Recovery Coaching Academy). It gave me the opportunity to give back to my peers. Before recovery my lowest point was when I was on the run and selling drugs…

Recovery Hero Kaitlyn S

My name is Kaitlyn and I have been in recovery for 8.5 months. I am most proud to have better relationships with my family. We have always been close, but I was always lying. Now, there are no lies, and it feels so much better. My relationship with my husband has improved as well, and…

Recovery hero Jeff D

Hello, my name is Jeff D, and I have been in recovery for five years. I am most proud of being able to let go of past definitions and closed-minded perspectives, learning that we can always be braver than we were ever broken. Before recovery, my low point was getting lost in the cycle of…

Frank Montesano

Hi my name is Frank Montesano, and I have been in recovery for 2 years and 8 months. At this time, I am most proud of the fact that I have completed everything asked of me while on probation and have gotten my case closed. Before this, my low point was when my grandmother passed…

Recovery Hero Emily!

My name is Emily. After years of struggle and demand, I am beginning to peel away layers of surrender. Because of that, I have been actively clean and sober for over 7 months. I’m most proud of developing the skill that is holding space for me to process. Permitting myself to befriend the gift of…

Recovery Hero Carla Ruiz

My name is Carla Ruiz, and I have been in recovery for about 14 months. During this time, I am most proud of the fact that I have been able to repair some relationships with my family. I have also been able to maintain employment successfully. The lowest point for me before recovery was becoming…

Recovery Hero 2.0 Dominique Knowles

Recovery has changed my entire world. I have balance in my life, and miracles I never thought possible have happened. I love what I do for work, I’m in school, I get to be a mother, and I am newly engaged! If it wasn’t for my recovery, I wouldn’t have shown up and been present….

Recovery Hero 2.0 Luke Johnson

My recovery has evolved a lot in the past year. Due to a relapse a few years ago, I went on medication-supported recovery. The goal was to stabilize and graduate college, then get off. In 2021, I decided it was time to get off the medication. I successfully stopped for 6 months but decided to…

Recovery Hero Amy

My name is Amy Nicole Crabtree and I have been in recovery for 10 years although my most recent sober date is 11/10/21. I am a professional singer who has struggled with alcohol addiction throughout my life. During my time in recovery i am most proud of my ability to pull myself out of a…

Recovery Hero Sean

Hi, my name is Sean Ward and I have been in and out of recovery for the past 12 years. However, my current sober date is 11/10/21. In recovery, I have forgiven myself and mended many of my relationships. Before recovery, I had given up all hope in life and struggled with suicidal tendencies. It’s…

Recovery Hero Jojo

My name is Jojo and I’ve been in recovery from alcohol since 2012. In sobriety, I have been blessed! I have a renewed self-image, a thriving marriage, healthy relationships, and an overall sense of accomplishment in everyday life. My greatest achievement is successfully running my own food truck business for 5 1/2 years and supporting…

Recovery Hero Dusky

Hello, my name is Dusky Cady and I have been in recovery for over a year! I’m most proud of not substituting in a different addiction this time or becoming dependent on another substance. Most of all, I’m proud of not drinking! Before my sobriety, excessive drinking contributed to my lack of accomplishment and brought…

Recovery Hero Kinzey

My name is Kinzey and I have been in recovery since June 23, 2021. Today, I have officially been in recovery for 4 months! I’m still early in my recovery, but I’ve already accomplished so many things in such a short amount of time! One of my greatest accomplishments so far is being able to…

Recovery Hero Brenda

My name is Brenda and I have been in recovery for 10 months! I have learned to love myself, address past trauma, and build my self-esteem during this time. I reached my lowest point in addiction when I felt an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness I only imagine would be comparable to death. After…

Recovery Hero Gabe Jackson Jr.

Hi, my name is Gabe Jackson Jr. and I have been in recovery for 27 months. Today, I feel great about my involvement with the Springs Recovery Connection and the path I am on in recovery. Prior to this, I spent many years in the legal system. I am still on probation, but I have…

Recovery Hero Mark

My name is Mark and I have been in recovery for 15 years. There have been successes and many failures, but I am most proud of my striving to be a good husband and father. In addition, decision making was never a strong point for me. However, today I have a choice in my priorities…

Lee B

Hi, my name is Lee, and I have been in long-term recovery since November 2019. I have been clean and sober since November of 2020. I’m extremely grateful that I got my sense of humor back in recovery. I have always thought of myself as a humorous person. My addiction cost me a lot. I lost…

Susie Schell

Hello, I’m Susie Schell and i have been in recovery for about 4 and a half years. In this time, I have accomplished a lot; including obtaining an apartment, getting a job, and getting my first car while being sober. Before this, my low point was watching my boyfriend die from an overdose. However, today…

Erin B

My name is Erin B. and I’ve been in recovery for 13 months. Throughout my recovery, I have remained sober through adversity and disappointment. I have been able to find employment and maintain it. I am currently working on new healthy habits including eating right, re-establishing relationships, utilizing self-care, and correcting characteristics that allow unhappiness…

Cameo S

My name is Cameo S. and I am a woman in long-term recovery. I am going on 2 years sober! During this time, I have had the opportunity to grow stronger as a person and hold myself accountable for my actions. I have also been blessed with the birth of my 15 month-old son and…

Recovery Hero : Darin J

When I’m sober, I gain insight I don’t have when I’m high. If I return to my old using behaviors, I know I will relapse. Some days, I do wake up and think about it, but then remind myself how far I’ve come and my desire to get back into trucking. By relapsing, I’d have…

Recovery Hero Gareth Krueger

My name is Gareth Krueger and I have been in recovery for 4 years and 8 months. I am most proud of getting my life back, my happiness, my true freedom and my relationship with my daughters back… Plus we started a business, Mountain Integrity Cleaning, LLC and it is family owned and run. My kids…

Recovery Hero Pedro

My name is Pedro Zamora Jr. and I have 11 months sober. During this time, I am most proud that I have started to walk again and for staying sober. Prior to recovery, a low point for me was all the shame that I felt all the time and all the time I spent in…

Ellen Elizabeth

My name is Ellen Elizabeth, and I have been in recovery for almost 4 and a half years. During this time, having my twins is by far my biggest accomplishment. I was able to complete the process of IVF with my husband, endure the twin pregnancy, and experience the joy of raising them completely sober!…

Juan Luna

Hello, my name is Juan and I have been in recovery for one year and 4 months. My biggest accomplishment in this time has been receiving my bachelors degree in psychology from UCCS. I am also able to be an active father because I have obtained split custody of my two children. Before entering recovery…

Recovery Hero: Ryan

My name is Ryan and I have been in Recovery since February 2015 and sober since October 2015. My biggest achievement by far is having escaped the need to get high or drink. Sometimes, I still want to use, but I know that I won’t ever again, and I still haven’t nearly six years later….

Recovery Hero: Ryann

My name is Ryann and I have been in recovery since Feb 11, 2017. I am most proud of being the mother my two daughters deserve. In addiction, I only cared about getting high. Now that I am clean, I can be attentive and a loving mother, sister, daughter and friend. Nothing can undo the…

Recovery Hero: Daniel Sullivan

My name is Daniel Sullivan and I have been in recovery since May 22, 2017. I am most proud of having meaningful relationships with people and family that support me. A low moment for me was while my wife was deployed and the cops had to do a welfare check on me. I was passed…

Recovery Hero: Darin Valdez

I am most proud of a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization I started this year called Colorado Artists in Recovery (coloradoartistsinrecovery.org). We host art/music/meditation workshops for people in recovery from substance abuse. It helps them discover their creative spirit and provides an alternative pathway to recovery. My low point before recovery was homelessness due to my meth…

Recovery Hero: Wesly Dickson

My name is Wesly Dickson, and I have been in recovery for 5 months. Since being in recovery, I have started a cleaning business, opened the only gay meeting in Colorado Springs, and started school as well. When I was at my lowest, I didn’t know who I was or if I wanted to go…

Recovery Hero: Tammy

My name is Tammy Lee! I have been in recovery 4 months! During this time I am very proud that I have been able to regain my mental, physical, and spiritual health as well as have broken generational curses clearing the path for a bright future! At my lowest point I was suffering from severe…

Recovery Hero: Jessica Townley

My name is Jessica Townley and I have been in recovery since October 31st, 2009. Recovery has brought so many blessings to my life. I am most proud of my ability to be more present; however, this is not something I was able to accomplish alone. Growing in understanding and effectiveness of the Spirit does…

Dominic Sandoval, Recovery Hero of the Week!!

My name is Dominic Sandoval and I’ve been sober since July 25, 2020. My greatest accomplishment is being absolutely content with cutting ties with my toxic past and creating a new life for myself. Before I made the choice to stop drinking, I was constantly putting myself in dangerous circumstances, pushing loved ones away, and…

Recovery Hero Natasha Hill!!!

Hi, my name is Natasha Hill. I have been in recovery since November 27, 2019, a total of 16 months and 5 days. I have accomplished so much, including being a part of my kids life, becoming certified as a recovery coach, and being a part of opening a women and children’s sober living. By…

Recovery Hero Manny Mendez!!

My name is Manny Mendez and I have been in recovery for 9 years and 2 months! I came from a hopeless state of mind and now have produced 6 documentaries on recovery and addiction, wrote my own book, and became a published author. These are my greatest accomplishments! A low point for me was…

Recovery Hero: Maggie Williams

My name is Maggie Williams and I have been in recovery 6 years! In those 6 years I have regained the love and trust of my family that I took for granted and didn’t realize was so very important. I have taken on tasks, such as renovating my home, things I never would have done…

Recovery Hero: Amber Gobell

My name is Amber Gobell and I have been clean for 4 years and 8 months. My clean date is 7/20/16. I am most proud that I returned to school to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology. I am currently on the President’s List for receiving a 4.0 GPA. I am also proud that…

Recovery Hero: Rob Decker

Hi, my name is Rob Decker. I just got 8 years of sobriety as of January 8th! I’m so proud of all I have accomplished. I learned how to walk again, got off drugs and alcohol, got married and had beautiful babies and reconnected with my oldest son, became a fitness trainer and recovery coach,…

Recovery Hero: Chris

My name is Chris, I’m 31yrs old. I was born in Chicago, IL. I’ve been in recovery since 2017. The one thing that I’m most proud of accomplishing within this time has been my acceptance. Having confidence in myself and my recovery actually has allowed me to talk openly and proudly about my personal journey….

Recovery Hero: Carol Romero

My name is Carol Romero and I’m in my third year of recovery. I’m most astonished about what I’ve learned about myself. In recovery I’ve found the wonder of my true self enlivened by God’s light. I’ve come to find my problems with alcohol don’t define who I am in weakness, yet instead give me…

Recovery Hero: Patrick Gates

Hi, my name is Patrick Gates and I have been in recovery for three years. I am most proud of getting my family back and being able to live a normal life. A low point in my life was having no support around me and having no stable place to live. I could never hold…

Recovery Hero: Barbara

Hi, my name is Barbara . I am a person in long term recovery. I have been sober and drug free for 33 years. I have written three plays, that have been produced and acted in more than 50 theatrical productions. I am a yoga instructor and was a commercial salmon fisher for 31 years…

Recovery Hero: Jerrid

He is our Recovery Hero!!! My name is Jerrid and I have been building a pathway to freedom with the help of my friends at Springs Recovery Connection. I have been clean for six months, two of which, I have been a resident at ComCor. I am employed, and have the opportunity to work on…

Recovery Hero: Tommy Graves

Recovery Hero of the week!Hello, my name is Tommy Graves and I just celebrated 6 months clean and sober! I have been in and out of recovery for 20 years, but I’m doing it 100% this time! I have honestly worked a set of 12 steps, and am very active in meetings. I am proud…

Recovery Hero: Susan Petrucci!!!!!

Hello my name is Susan Petrucci and I have been in recovery for 14 months.Today the thing I am most proud of is loving who I am and having faith in who I am becoming. I don’t always take the right path or make the right choices, but I am able to forgive myself, learn…

Recovery Hero: Zack B

Recovery Hero of the Week!!! My name is Zack B and I have been in recovery for 9 months. My biggest accomplishment in this time, is maintaining sobriety and getting a job in the recovery field. (even if it’s temporary) This is something I never thought would be possible. I have also reconnected with my…

Recovery Hero: Bobby Galindo

Recovery Hero of the Week, Bobby Galindo! Hello my name is Patrick “Bobby” Galindo and I have been in recovery for one year. Something that I am most proud of is the journey of discovering myself and my cause. A low moment during my substance abuse came when I was crying on my knees with…

Recovery Hero: Charlotte Nelson

My name is Charlotte Nelson and I have been in recovery for a little over two years. Since taking the leap of faith into recovery, I have been able to learn and grow as a person. I graduated college, but most importantly I regained my confidence, love, and sense of purpose in life. I feel…

Recovery Hero, Justin MIller

My name is Justin and I have been in recovery for almost 11 months. Since I made the decision to be clean I have successfully closed a DHS case, have been given full custody of my baby girl, and have rebuilt my relationship with my family. At the lowest point of my addiction I had…

Recovery Hero: Rebecca Cota

Hello my name is Rebecca Cota and I have been in recovery for 32 years. The accomplishment I am most proud of in this time was moving out of my dysfunctional comfort zone and gaining confidence in who I am. Being a good mom also makes be proud. I went to South America early in…

Recovery Hero: Angie Neeley

My name is Angie Neeley and I am a woman in long term recovery. For me, that means several things: I haven’t had any alcohol or drugs that weren’t prescribed to me since October 5, 1988 and I have an opportunity to give back that which has been freely given to me. My proudest accomplishment…

Shauna Stevenson

My name is Shauna Stevenson and I came into recovery on February 17th, 2017. Since then, I am most proud of regaining motherhood, becoming a certified recovery coach and working with SRC by virtue of the Workforce Program. A low point for me was when I was on the run from the Drug Court Program….

Recovery Hero: Laura

My name is Laura, and I restarted my recovery journey on November 21, 2016 which is still mind boggling to me when I think about it.  What have you accomplished that you’re most proud of during this time? I don’t think I could narrow down this vast list of proud accomplishments, but here are just…

Recovery Hero Joel McCelland

My name is Joel McClelland, I’ve been in recovery for 65 days. During this time, my proudest accomplishment is gaining custody of my amazing newborn son. My lowest point before recovery had to be about a year ago when I was living on the streets getting high and drunk everyday. This involved stealing from any…

Recovery Hero, Jeremy Box

My name is Jeremy Box and I have been sober and in recovery for exactly 1 year and 5 days. My physical sobriety is what I am most proud of because it has helped me to become more responsible, and a better father. Some low points for me during my use were receiving multiple DUI’s…

Recovery Hero, Tim Brozo

My name is Timothy Brozo and I have been travelling this road of recovery for years now, and it has come with with many ups and downs. It has taken me many years of work to get the seven months of sobriety that I have now. Finally, people trust me. I have also been able…

Recovery Hero: Tom Geoghan

Hello, my name is Tom Geoghan and I’ve been in recovery for four and a half years. The accomplishment I am most proud of is being present in my family’s life today. This also involves being an older brother and a better son. A low point for me during my use was feeling like my…

Recovery Hero: Liz

My name is Liz and I have been in Recovery for almost 7 years! In this time I have been blessed with 2 beautiful children, was able to seal some of my record, obtained my GED and began my career in the medical field. The greatest accomplishment out of it all though, was learning how…

Recovery Hero: Jennifer Candelaria

My name is Jennifer Candelaria and I have been in recovery for 9 months; I am most proud of my determination to get my kids back home to me in such a short amount of time. Not only that but actually completing and benefiting from a program that I have known to be overwhelming and…

Recovery Hero: Dan Hugill

My name is Dan Hugill and I have been in recovery for 6 years. Since July 23rd 2014. During that time my accomplishments include working for the Phoenix and through them becoming a state certified peer specialist. I received the crossfit level 2 certification, the olympic lifting level 1, NASM youth exercise specialist certification and…

Recovery Hero: Betty Toppin

My name is Betty Toppin and I have been in recovery since March 27th, 2019. Prior to recovery, I was in active addiction for most of my life. I finally hit my bottom in 2017 when I became homeless and lost custody of my daughter. I was basically wandering aimlessly for a year and a…

Recovery Hero: Gabriel Gonzales

My name is Gabriel Gonzales, aka Colorado Cadi. I have been in recovery since June 19th, 2017. Since being in recovery I have gotten married to an amazing woman, I’ve been the best father figure I can possibly be for my step kids, and I’ve gone professional in electric skateboard racing. One of my lowest…

Recovery Hero: Bonnie Scott

Hello, my name is Bonnie Scott and I have been clean and sober for 1 year and 2 months. Since being in recovery, I have gotten my life back. This has included receiving full custody of my daughter back in March of this year. My lowest point in addiction was when I heard my dealer…

Recovery Hero: Jason Hotchkin

Our first Recovery Hero of the month, Jason Hotchkin! Jason is committed to recovery and has a passion for giving back and helping others, here is his story: I am Jason Hotchkin, I have been in recovery for over 38 months. For almost two years I have wanted to join the addiction career field and…

Recovery Hero: Ryan Presley

Ryan Presley holds the honor of being our recovery hero of the week, here is his story! My Name is Ryan Presley and I have been in recovery continuously since September 15th of 2013. I started drinking when I was 18 and immediately had a problem that I was unable to get on top of…

Recovery Hero: Laurel Justice

My name is Laurel Justice, I have been in recovery for 19 years. Before I came to recovery, I was pretty much mothering out of the “family disease”, without any consciousness about that. I am grateful for a series of painful, unwelcome, and transformational experiences that woke me up to the possibility of an entirely…

Recovery Hero: Kristen Harper

My name is Kristen Harper and I have been in recovery for eight years. I’m most proud of being able to arrest the cycle of addiction in my family. It was difficult to watch my mother leave when I was only nine years old and then have her fate met from the disease of alcoholism…

Recovery Hero: Cathy Plush

My name is Cathy Plush and I have been in recovery for the past 29 years. What I am most proud of is the blessing of being a sober mom and understanding how recovery continues to have such a profound and positive effect on my family. Everything in my life today, my husband, my children,…

Recovery Hero: Ghislaine Henley

My name is Ghislaine Henley. I have been in recovery since August of 1986. I have been privileged to be part of the raising of two drug addicts/alcoholics who have become fully functioning and contributing members of society. My lowest point was Christmas 2010 when I had to kick both sons out of the house…

Recovery Hero: Elise Bergsten

My name is Elise Bergsten and I am blessed to be in recovery since August 13, 1984. I was 23 when I sobered up. I went through an in-patient treatment program and have actively participated in my recovery since then. In addition to staying in recovery, raising my daughter has perhaps been my biggest accomplishment,…

Recovery Hero: Michelle Paris Gatson

My name is Michelle and I have been in recovery for 7 years. One of the things I am most proud of is that I have a growing willingness to be honest with myselfabout what I am responsible for instead of allowing myself to blame others for what is going on in mylife. My motto…

Recovery Hero: Bob Van Til

Hey, I’m Bob and I get to have a couple of recovery times and milestones. Alcohol, along with any and all other drugs, was my primary affliction, but after I started in recovery I also spent 20 years dependent on chronic pain opiates which I have been free of for 2 and a half years….

Recovery Hero: Jayme Singleton

Another monday, another stellar recovery hero! This is Jayme Singleton’s story. My name is Jayme S. I began my journey into recovery six years ago. In that time I have metsome challenges and setbacks however have maintained a strong drive and progression withmy recovery process. My accomplishments since practicing the recovery lifestyle that are most…

Recovery Hero: Cailean Anderson

Cailean Anderson Recovery Hero The Recovery Hero of the week, Cailean Anderson! Such a great dude whos following the path to recovery. Hello! My name is Cailean Anderson, and I have been in recovery for 3 months. One thing I accomplished during my recovery that I am most proud of would be… Actually, on this…

Recovery Hero: Leon Stewart

This journey of recovery has been 25 months and I believe that I finally have this addiction behind me. It’s a rewarding benefit to my character and person. I can actually say with a positive demeanor that I’ve finally beat this character defect. I’m proud of myself and the happiest I’ve been in a long…

Recovery Hero: Sparkle Lindsay

Our Recovery Hero of the week is the wonderful Sparke Lindsay! Such a positive role model for so many people. Hi my name is Sparkle Lindsay and i have been sober for one year.I have managed to accomplish the gift of patience, understanding, compassion, grace and loving myself. I am learning the art of being….

Recovery Hero: Alan Henley

The Recovery Hero of the week, Alan Henley! I began the journey of recovery in 1986 and have been free of alcohol and drugs since 1988 I am not proud of anything- it is all only by the grace of a power greater than self. I have had a 36 year career as a pharmacist…

Recovery Hero: Dominique Knowles

Another inspirational Recovery Hero! Thank you so much Dominique for sharing your story with us! My name is Dominique and I have been in sustained recovery for 2.5 years. Recovery has absolutely been the most rewarding journey I allowed myself to experience, including it’s ups and downs. Active participation in the Colorado Springs recovery community…

Recovery Hero: Trish McPeek

Another week, another recoery hero. We all appreciate this women so much and are thankful for sharing her story with us! Hello, I’m Trish McPeek. I’ve been in recovery for 2 years and 8 months. Prior to my recovery, I was withdrawn from every aspect of my life. Alcohol consumed me. Towards the end of…

Recovery Hero: Ashley Crockett

Our Recovery hero of the week, Ashley Crockett!!! The camel is just there for support. My name is Ashley Crockett and I have been in recovery for twenty-nine years. One day I awakened in the midst of wreckage caused my substance abuse;I felt I couldn’t go on the way I was living and I wanted…

Recovery Hero: Joey Johnson

Joey is an integral part of the team at SRC. He also chairs our All Recovery meeting on Tuesday nights. He is a great example of a person who walks the walk. Thanks for all you do Joey! My name is Joey Johnson and I have been in recovery since around September of 2014, however…

Recovery Hero: Chassity Lemuel

My name is Chassity Lemuel. I have been in sustained recovery from alcohol since November 17, 2016. In my recovery, what I am most proud of is finding the true me. Because of alcohol, I was lost for so many years. I never wanted to be vulnerable, I never wanted to show my weaknesses, and…

Recovery Hero: Charlene Best

I am Charlene Best and I have been in sustained recovery since 10-17-2013. I am really proud to say that I am free and clear from owing money or having compliance requirements to El Paso County! I have learned how to live and parent drug and alcohol free. I am learning how to problem solve…