Michael’s Path To Sobriety

“The core of the matter is that I was a very bad alcoholic. I started drinking at 14 and last month I turned 50. But my last drink was November 6th, 2019 and that is where my new story starts for me:

Before IPH, I was living with my Mother in Glenmont and taking care of her. I was doing the regular day-to-day activities but I was drinking while doing them. It got to the point where she had had enough and asked me to leave. I went to St. Mary’s detox program and then to a 28-day rehab program where I ended up staying for 32 days. When I left rehab in December 2019, I went to a halfway house in Syracuse for about 3 months. In February 2020 I became very, very sick and was diagnosed with a form of bacterial phenomena before being put on an ECMO, (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and placed into a medically induced coma. I was given a 30% chance of survival. Miraculously, I recovered and was transported back to Troy, NY in March. There, I was placed in an Emergency Department where I had tested positive for COVID-19 but was asymptomatic. It has been 6 months since then.

In March of 2020 I was bedridden and now here I am; walking.

In June I was referred to IPH after I completed my physical therapy program and had a clean bill of health. I am so glad to be here. I’ve had a few stints with homelessness and have been to shelters across the country that were very, very bad. IPH is a good place. It’s clean and the staff are great. In return, all they ask from me is that I follow a few simple rules and do a daily chore, which is nothing compared to what I get back from them. I’m not afraid to go to bed here at night. I’m really happy that I got the chance to come here.

On September 1st, 2020 I will be 300 days sober.”

-Michael S.
Emergency Shelter Guest, August 2020.

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