All of my money was exhausted. All of the stress this caused was my justification for relapse. I spiraled out of control from there. I spent 11 years doing drugs (Meth). I served two prison terms and fathered three children. One child was born while I was in prison. The mother of my children was under the influence of meth upon delivery of the third child. This resulted in all three children getting taken away by the state placed in foster care.
In 2010, while doing a prison term, an inmate mentioned Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach, now Safe Refuge. I called Arthur Romo from prison, knowing I wanted to change my life. I explained my situation to him and wanted to make sure I had a bed upon my arrival. Just three days later, I was at Safe Refuge with a bed. The date I arrived was April 25, 2011. I went in with open arms and completed 90 days of treatment. I started the court process to get my children back. I then become an intern receptionist supervisor at the Executive Office for Annette Mulinix.
My children came to live with me at Safe Refuge. My driver’s license was restored and I was able to intern for Chris Kerivan. Now, five years later, I am still sober. I have full custody of all my children. Today, I am working to find our own home and I am employed full time as a Long Beach Port truck driver.
My new life is all due to Safe Refuge. I want to thank you for helping me get my life back. My thanks to all the employees and everyone else here involved in helping me regain my life.