How did I get here? A man like me is not supposed to get the redemption I have been granted.
I rolled into Benchmark Recovery Center in July of 2012 a broken man. I had crashed three cars that year and overdosed twice. I lived in San Antonio within a 10-mile radius of my mom, my sister, my niece and nephew, but none of them wanted anything to do with me. I was surprised I had made it to the age of 45. I thought I had nothing left to offer anyone.
How wrong I was! I learned how to be useful once again while I was at Benchmark. I did the work that was asked of me (begrudgingly many times) and I had a spiritual experience as a direct result of working the steps.
I return to work at Benchmark in April of 2013 as a resident care associate where I got to share my experience with current residents. I got to see them come in broken and defeated, just like I was and I got to see them become whole again if they did what was asked of them. After nearly a year I was asked to become a recovery manager and I got to work one-on-one with a caseload of my own.
In December of last year I was given the opportunity to head up the new Business Development team. At first I was terrified and concerned. I was used to getting to be on the front lines…of getting to see men recover in “real time.” What was I going to do? How was I going to get my “fix?”
God always has my back. It has been brought to my attention that I am still helping others find recovery; it’s just in a different way. I get to spread the word to other recovery centers about what Benchmark does best. I get to help them identify which of their residents may be a good fit for Benchmark.
I have now worked at Benchmark going on 2 years now. Before I got here I could not hold a job for 2 weeks, must less 2 years. I found a way to be the man I always wanted to be…to be the man my parents are proud of…the brother I knew I could be. All this began at Benchmark and I am forever grateful.
Someone pinch me…I’m still amazed at how content I am with how my life is today.
Business Development Manager
BRC Business Development Team