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Tyrone F. says his life was spiraling out of control but in 2013 the 51-year-old U.S. Army Reserve veteran turned to HVAF for supportive housing. There, Tyrone also received counseling and had access to a computer lab which helped prepare him for his job search.
“For decades I allowed my lifestyle of drugs and alcohol to create a feeling of emptiness,” says Tyrone. “I realized I needed help and so I entered HVAF’s Residential Employment Substance Abuse Treatment (REST) program.”
|Recovery Day at HVAF
Tyrone is now an alumni and graduate of the program and shared his story during HVAF’s 10th annual Recovery Day.
Each September, in support of National Recovery Month, HVAF holds an event to reflect on the recovery efforts of individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. On September 13, veterans like Tyrone spoke about experiences, challenges, mentors, and successes. It allowed others to share their struggles and lets them know there is hope – and a better way to live. Encouragement is offered by everyone in the room and many veterans bring their AA sponsors for extra support.
Tyrone got the chance to start fresh because of the support he received. He is clean and sober and celebrating one year on the job at the Westin Hotel.
“It means the world to all of the veterans to have the support of the community and staff support on Recovery Day,” says Fred Young, coordinator for REST. “These veterans walk away knowing someone cares enough and that they are being loved. HVAF has provided me everything from life’s simple necessities to rebuilding my life.”