Education Director Denise Achee: Hi! Welcome! Come in. Is this your last day? Are you leaving today?
Braley B: Yes, this is my last day. I’ve been here 62 days and I’m finally leaving.
DA: Wow, tell me why did you come here? Can you share that with us?
BB: I came here because I was addicted to crack cocaine and now I’m leaving because I believe that I am over my addiction and that I have the willpower to stay sober.
DA: Okay and did you come in here willingly when you came? Did you ask for help? Did you ask your parents for help, that you needed help?
BB: Yes I did.
DA: Then they found Inspirations?
BB: They found Inspirations online.
DA: How was it when you first arrived here? How did you feel?
BB: When I first arrived here I felt kind of nervous, just being in new surroundings. After like, a week, like everything started like setting in and I started like getting to know people a lot more and just getting used to being…accepting the fact that I was here because I had an addiction problem and not because I was here as like a punishment or something like that. I knew I needed to be here and I accepted that.
DA: That’s good. How did you find your therapists?
BB: My therapist was Safraz and he was one of the best therapists I’ve ever had in my life.
DA: Was this the first time you’ve ever done work on yourself?
BB: No, this is my second time.
DA: Your second time. How long were you in your addiction for?
BB: I was in my addiction since I was 14 years old.
DA: So you were using crack cocaine since you were 14?
BB: I was using crack cocaine since I was 15.
DA: 15. That’s when that started. Wow, well congratulations! How do you feel?
BB: I feel relieved.
DA: You got the monkey off your back [laughs].
BB: I just feel like…I never thought I could do it like honestly like I felt like everybody else was…before when I was using I felt like everybody else was using, you know like everybody in the whole wide world was using drugs to cope with something. Now it’s like, you notice a lot more things that now that you’re sober, now that I’m sober I’m noticing a lot more people don’t use drugs like and they’re still happy they’re still living a successful life and they’re just happy.
DA: An easier life because you’re school got way behind right? From using?
DA: Did you drop out of school at one point?
BB: Yeah I did.
DA: Okay and you’re going to get your GED now?
DA: So tell us about your plans for when you go home? What’s the plan?
BB: Well when I get home I plan on working on my farm, and working on my roof for a little bit and going to get my GED and after that I’m going to go to a community college for a year and after that community college is done I’m enlisting in the army.
DA: Going in the army. The army or the…?
BB: The army.
DA: That’s right; you want to be…okay I remember. Well we wish you the best of luck and we really hope you keep in touch. We’re here to support you anytime you need it.
BB: Next time I come in here I’m going to be speaking to the kids.
DA: You’re going to come in to speak? We love you, you’re coming to speak! You can come to one of our Family Workshops and speak to our parents as well. It’s really important, your message, to others that may be struggling with the decision to come to treatment. So it’s really important that you shared your experience with us and I thank you and we wish you great luck in the future. We want to hear from you and of course we want you to come speak. Okay, thank you.
BB: Yes ma’am.