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‘Enough is enough’: 65 Days in Recovery

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — September 29, 2020 — 4 min read
Cardinal Innovations member Jack Davis was homeless with a substance use disorder when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Following a visit to Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital, Davis and his counselor discussed an after-care program that led to his ultimate recovery. He’s now in Charlotte Rescue Mission’s Rebound Program and attends both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous regularly. This is his story.


Starting Recovery with a New Home

“After I went to Presbyterian hospital, I was connected with a lady at Cardinal Innovations, and she got me into Hotels for the Homeless. I stayed in the motel for two weeks. I had to get an assessment at McCloud Center to stay there, and they set me up for the 28-day program. I graduated from that program, and then I was approved to come to the Charlotte Rescue Mission Rebound Program. I’m here, I’m doing very, very well. I’ve been here for 65 days.”

Self-Reflection Led to Change

“I was drinking and drugging. And then I looked myself in the mirror one day and said, ‘Enough is enough. I don’t have to live this type of life’—so I did something about it.

“I knew if I wanted anything out of life—a career—I knew I had to stop. I knew that as long as I’m using, I do not have a chance to be successful. The only chance I have is to stop using. I made up my mind that I have to stop, and I did stop.”
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COVID-19’s Effect on the Recovery Process

“COVID-19 had a major effect on my life. Ever since I got here at Charlotte Rescue Mission, the Rebound Program, we have been locked down. I haven’t been on the outside for 65 days. That’s been kind of tough for me. But I knew I came here to be successful.

“After my 90 days at Charlotte Rescue Mission, I will have an additional 30 days. I’ll go into the learning center and learn to make a resume, send a resume, and use Microsoft Office.”

How Davis Gets Through the Tough Parts of Recovery

“Basically, it comes to my spirituality. I pray a lot. I go to a lot of chapel classes. I do a lot of readings. Mainly, when I prepare myself to go to bed at night, I push my shoes way up under my bed; so, when I need to get my shoes in the morning, I get on my knees, so I pray a lot.”

Celebrating Each Day as a Milestone of Recovery

“I just take it one day at a time. I’m still teachable at my age. I learn something new every day when it comes to my disease of addiction. There are going to be good days and bad days. But as long as I stay sober, most of my days are going to be good.

“Of course, there’ve been some bumps in the road. It’s been a learning experience for me. I have a sponsor, my sponsor has a sponsor, and I’m working through the first four steps of the 12 Step Program. I’m doing a lot of reading and meeting my sponsor regularly. Things are getting a lot brighter than what they were. At one time, I was living with a dark cloud over my head.”

Life in Recovery

“My life today is wonderful. I know I have a long way to go. As long as I don’t use, my life is a bed of roses. I can accomplish anything I want to accomplish. As long as I don’t put a drink or drug in my body.”

Advice for Those Considering Starting Their Recovery Journey

“I have built a strong foundation around my recovery that helps me and prevents me from using. It helps to take it one day at a time. Focus on your recovery. Put your recovery out in front of you.”

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