2017 – One Last Thank You

One Last Thank You

From A Life Transformed

Amigos Sobrios Alumnus

Volunteers of America Southwest

"My name is Daniel Torres. I myself am a 33-year meth addict who has now been clean for 6 years and a couple of months now.

"I couldn't tell you what got me started in meth but I know that I liked it, and I continued to abuse it all the way through my first daughter's life, who I walked out on when she was a year old. I don't know, I just continued on and I was hopeless. I thought I was going to die high. I thought my kids were going to have no legacy to speak of me whatsoever. I've done everything under the sun to get high. I didn't care what I had to do. I just did it.

"I landed in Amigos, and it was the best decision I've ever made in my whole, entire life, because finally something clicked. Finally I was somewhere where they showed me how to get clean instead of just telling me that I had to. They showed me a different way to live. So needless to say, I think it was time for a change. I didn't realise when I got to Amigos that that house would just completely turn my life around.

"To this day my mum still sends food over there to the house for the guys. One of the guys asked, 'Hey, how come your mum sends food over there?' So I asked my mum and she said, 'Well, that house gave me my son back.'

"I think my crowning achievement was this past weekend. The daughter that I abandoned, I walked her down the aisle. And no drug has ever gotten me that high. For her to look at me and say thank you, and I just can't explain it. I spent 33 years getting high, not to think about her. Now I'm clean and it's all I can think about.

"If somebody like me, who after 33 years of abusing drugs, can become a productive member of society, and I have learned all this from Amigos Sobrios, why wouldn't you want to help the house? Why wouldn't you want transformation to continue? There's magic going on in that house. There's spirituality in that house. That house changes lives. I am living proof.

"As far as dreams, I want to see my kids grow up. I want them to be happy, joyous and free, just like I was. I don't want them to live the life that they lived with me. And I'm trying to be that example to them, of how not to live it. And I think they're getting it."

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