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God Put Guiding Light in my Path: Jeremy Marks Five Years of Sobriety

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 05-23-2022 under NONPROFITS

“I was a hardcore addict for nothing shy of 20 years,” Jeremy recalls. “I had always wanted to get sober, but I never wanted to do the work. I thought my recovery would happen organically – I’d wake up and not want to...

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Living and Learning Than No Man is an Island

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 05-11-2022 under NONPROFITS

If Dennys has learned one thing while at Guiding Light, it’s this: He couldn’t recover on his own. The opposite may be true for some, but everything Dennys is learning about himself convinces him that he needs others to overcome the...

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Ray and Esther: Spiritual Direction at Guiding Light

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 04-14-2022 under NONPROFITS

Ray arrived at the doors of Guiding Light about three months ago asking for admittance into the Recovery program, a four-month, intensive and professional substance abuse treatment program offered at no financial cost to clients. After a...

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Donnie: Challenged by a Life of Love, Loss & Redemption

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 04-08-2022 under NONPROFITS

Donnie takes a ragged breath and tries to get the words out. “Well, the first thing that pops into my mind are her eyes. They were so beautiful, green with flecks of gold and brown. And her smile and her laugh; they were so contagious and...

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Eric: A Chronic Relapser Builds the Life He's Meant to Have at Guiding Light

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 03-03-2022 under NONPROFITS

Blackouts. Hallucinations. DTs. Too many trips to the hospital to even count. Downing two fifths of liquor a day. “I finally got to the point,” says Eric, “that I texted a friend and said I was going to die unless I got help...

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"Guiding Light Doesn't Cure You, It Changes Your Thinking:" DJ's Journey in Recovery

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 01-03-2022 under NONPROFITS

It got so bad that DJ used to shrug off his vomiting sessions as simply a way to make room for his next bottle of booze. “We’re talking horrible mornings,” he recalls. “So bad I couldn’t get out of bed. There’s a...

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Alcohol is Only the Symptom: Mike Finds Spirituality, Acceptance Through Guiding Light Recovery

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 12-06-2021 under NONPROFITS

Mike found the camaraderie, structure and discipline he craved when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school. Eight years later, he surrendered to the bottle after being wounded in combat in Kuwait – and watching two of his best...

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God is the Way Out: Guiding Light Board Chair Connects Recovery Success with Spirituality

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 11-17-2021 under NONPROFITS

Ed Postma first noticed there was something different about Guiding Light when he saw a young man struggling with addiction begin to ask questions about spirituality and to talk about God. After more than three decades in recovery himself, Postma...

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Life at Guiding Light Recovery

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 11-10-2021 under NONPROFITS

The Guiding Light Recovery Program offers men struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol a four-month long, comprehensive, “no-joke” substance abuse rehabilitation program provided at no cost to clients. The program offers access to...

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"It's Either This or Death:" After Two Decades of Addiction, Jason Attributes Life-Saving Results to Guiding Light

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 10-29-2021 under NONPROFITS

After years of alcohol use and sporadic relapses throughout his adult life, Jason had enough. He went through several residential substance-abuse treatment programs with only short-term results. His drinking led to health issues and contributed to...

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