LEE COUNTY - Fla. -- Many people are making New Year's resolutions, and some people are making them to change their lives forever. Their goal: to stay clean of drugs and alcohol, one day at a time with the help of a local program.
Southwest Florida Addiction Services has been rebuilding lives and families since 1980. It's the oldest and largest provider in southwest Florida, 63,000 people have turned to it for help for battling addiction.
40 years of pain and misery. That's how Sharon Watson describes her life consumed by addiction. "I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired," she said.
Now she's been clean for more than two years, and says she's making the same New Year's resolution she makes every single day. "One day at a time. because yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery," she said.
Joining her are Lequian Hudson and Kris Simpson.
Both facing similar demons, and now both are getting back on their feet.
"I'm doing it for myself right now. but I have it in my heart that I want to stay clean and do the right thing," said Hudson.
"I ended up being homeless, you know, living in the woods and different places," said Simpson.
They are counseled by people like Phillip West at the Transitional Living Center. "Sobriety is the absence of the chemical, recovery is about the change of the person," West said. He worked in law enforcement for 25 years. 22 years ago he also made the decision to change his life.
"I'm a recovering alcoholic," he said.
They're different people brought together by horrible addiction. Each, is making the resolution to stay clean one day at a time. And that, Sharon Watson says, is really something to sing about.
"I can feel my body changing. It's changing every day," she sings.
Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Inc. (SWFAS) provides effective, affordable and comprehensive care to individuals and families impacted by addiction and other problem behaviors.
To find help now:
Southwest Florida residents:
Adult Detoxification Center
Phone: (239) 332-6989