After being kicked out of high school, going to prison at age 18 and crying to his parents out of regret, Shane went right back to selling drugs. He took ecstasy pills every day.
“From marijuana to cocaine, you name it and I probably did it,” Shane said.
Shane was absorbed by the world of drugs and saw nothing wrong with what he was doing. When he started at Crossroads, he was prepared for an easy way out of state prison. Instead, he encountered an extremely difficult road to sobriety.
Shane “lied his way through” the first few months at Crossroads. He disappointed his supporters, family members and individuals at Crossroads who believed in him; however, they never gave up on him. They told him he wasn’t a liar, he was worth their time and they showed him respect regardless of his actions. According to Shane, it was their support system that helped him complete the program.
“It took me 17 and a half months to get out of here, but I did it, and I did it right,” Shane said. “Today I’m employed full-time at the job I got while I was in Crossroads. I know how to deal with my struggles. I still have my addictive tendencies, but I go to counseling to learn to be a better person.”
Shane is now married with two children. His relationship with his parents today is repaired and “above and beyond” what he hoped for. According to Shane, he believed he was worthless before he entered the Crossroads program; however, he now believes he’s a good person. He leads an purposeful lifestyle while expressing his feelings, showing love and giving back to his community and those who helped him overcome his addiction.
“At first I figured Crossroads would be something to get me out of state prison — something easy,” Shane said. “Crossroads taught me how to be responsible. It taught me to put my priorities before anything else and be a productive member of society. It taught me to deal with my feelings. This place changed my life.”
A CROSSROADS PROGRAM GRADUATE
Shane stood in front of the audience, took a deep breath and expressed that telling his story in front of his Crossroads family would become one of the proudest days of his life.
“We have all been touched by this program,” Shane said. “Crossroads is here to remind us how special we all are and has changed the quality of life for ourselves and our neighbors.”