Have a rough past? No matter the details, addiction throws your life off track. But there’s hope. Take a look at this Goodwill My Story by Darrell Hughes, a recovered addict who has gone from drug court to community member, all through hard work, dedication, and Goodwill.

Meet Darrell: a former addict, a present inspiration.

Before becoming involved with the Evansville, IL, Goodwill, I was in the drug court program. It was very intense getting up for drug screens, going to meetings and making sure I was on time for every appointment.  I’ve got to admit it was very overwhelming and also a big challenge.

After about 90 days, I was told by my counselor about Goodwill and some of their resources. I immediately contacted them and set up an appointment.  I can’t begin to tell you how nice the staff was and the compassion they showed…

…My life has changed tremendously since working with the Goodwill.  I have been clean and sober for 3 years and 5 months.  I can actually be myself and slowly find out what I can do and be.  My outlook on life is totally different now.  I have a paying job and a wonderful family.   I’m free.

I go to meetings, and I also talk to a lot of recovering alcoholics, which has helped me in my sobriety.  If you are willing to change and believe in yourself, there is help out there and many resources.  Take advantage of them!  My life was never a cake walk, but based on where I am today, I can handle just about anything.

Courtesy of Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

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