I struggled with substance abuse at an early age, which in turn landed me in treatment facilities and juvenile detention centers. My struggles continued into adulthood, where my substance use progressed and as a result so did my negative consequences. From the age of 18 until 23, I was in and out of county jail and short-term rehabs. Finally, at age 24 I was incarcerated in the Maryland State Prison System, where I spent almost eight years of my life. By the Grace of God, I was paroled to a long term residential inpatient treatment center where I was treated for substance abuse. Upon completion I transitioned to The Prodigal Son House in Frederick, MD. This specific time period in my life was crucial for any long-term recovery. While in this house I became God-centered due to the positive structure and routine. The house and the overall living environment was both healthy and spiritual. Currently, I am an Addictions Counselor in Frederick, MD with three-and -a half years sobriety. Without my time in the Prodigal Son House I would not be where I am today. I am a son, father, nephew, brother, and father. The Prodigal Son House provided me with the environment and resources to excel and become God-centered.