On the road to recovery - Catholic Courier

On the road to recovery

Reggie Haley came to Rochester’s Catholic Family Center as a client and, through a harrowing journey to recovery, went on to become an employee in the Restart Residential Program. "I had burned every bridge in my life, destroyed every relationship. I couldn’t hold a job, couldn’t stop using. I lived in a drug house. Hope was slowly fading. I was headed to prison, or to my grave," Haley recalled. "My turning point came one rainy night. I didn’t want to go back to the drug house and I was too ashamed to ask my family or friends for shelter. I had let them down so many times."

"I saw this boarded-up building and crawled through a hole to get out of the rain," Haley continued. "Once inside, I cried out to God. I thanked him for covering me and I asked God to help me live, or help me die, but help me. I knew God heard me. I felt better. Things started to change."

"This experience opened the door for me to go to Freedom House," Haley recalled." Freedom House helped me face reality. It was a process of learning and accepting the responsibility for my actions. After being a resident and successfully graduating from the program, I began to volunteer my time. Eventually it led to a job as a residential counselor."

That was 10 years ago, and Haley continues to guide others on the path to sobriety and independence with dignity in his work with Restart Residential.

Copyright © 2024 Rochester Catholic Press Association, Inc. All rights reserved. Linking is encouraged, but republishing or redistributing, including by framing or similar means, without the publisher's prior written permission is prohibited.

Choose from news (Monday), leisure (Thursday) or worship (Saturday) — or get all three!

No, Thanks

Catholic Courier Newsletters