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Stories of Recovery

Adam Frank's Story
​Adam Frank
Name: Adam Frank
On December 5th, 2011, I was brought to Pima County Jail for my 6th visit. Being a full time Meth addict meant I was to end up there. It had only taken twenty months to lay ruins to my entire life and every aspect of it. My college education didn't save me, nor did my success serving my country as a Marine, or my good upbringing, or my previous career choices as a project manager, analyst or director of operations or my intense entrenchment in musical salvation. I was engaged actively in my self-destruction... I was and still am a person with chronic destructive addictions to anything that will get me high. I am a sober addict, and I am in recovery and will be for the rest of my natural life.
 
On December 23rd, having spent nearly three weeks detoxing from Meth, I attempted suicide in Jail. It would be my first and last unsuccessful attempt. I did not wake up and find God, or have some kind of out of body experience; I had simply decided that if I was supposed to die, I would have. 
 
Since I and my loved ones were spared my death, I made a decision with resolve. I would engage in life and put as much effort into saving it as I had previously put towards destroying it. That meant getting help and letting go of who I was. I began to read the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous... I began to work my steps. On February 7th, I was released from custody and transported directly to an intensive court ordered inpatient drug rehab... I was told I was dual diagnosis.  "You're bipolar type 2 and an addict." To me that was saying: "there's a footprint, there must have been a foot that made it."
 
I believe that there are very complex goings-on within me.  Some say that I am mentally ill with a drug problem - some say I am a person with an addiction that now suffers from mental illness. Things are how they are, and what is more important is recovery and the goings [with] that. My experience and the hope I have, the support system that I have established, my continued education about all things mental health and a commitment to help others are all key towards my lifelong recovery. Struggle does not have to be part of my undertaking, it has been, and there is letting go and acceptance.
My responsibility to myself is that of love and peace and hope. I have been given a chance to be grateful for all that I now see are blessings and opportunities.  Ingratiated with that, my journey through recovery and helping others with their recovery is worth looking forward to.
 
My experience and the hope I have, the support system that I have established, my continued education on about all things mental health and a commitment to help others are all key towards my lifelong recovery.
 
Adam Frank is a Graduate of the Recovery Support Specialist Institute #30 (Fall 2012).
 
Reprinted with permission from the Recovery Support Specialist Newsletter, Family & Community Medicine, University of Arizona.
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