Calgary Dream Centre
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Recovery IS Possible!Paul's Story

When I was 14 I started my first job, washing dishes at a Motel. At the Motel, alcohol was easily accessible and I began drinking long before the legal age. My brother who was two years older than me started selling marajuana at the motel. Management of the facility did not turn a blind eye to this activity, but rather they encouraged it. Having drugs and alcohol accessible at a young age did not help launch me on the best path but lead me into a cycle of addiction.

I was 42 when I met the love of my life and shortly after she became my wife. She was the best thing that ever happened to me and one of the hardest things that I would have to grieve. Like myself at the time, she was an alcoholic and we would do drugs together. After about a year and a half into our marriage, my wife passed away suddenly due to drugs and alcohol. 

As I was grieving losing the love of my life, shortly after I lost my job. I didn’t even notice my life was falling apart because I was drowning so deep in drugs. The cycle of taking drugs to numb the pain resulted in me not being able to pay my rent. I had no wife, no job, and no home. I was homeless and hopeless. 

Last February, I was on the streets hungry and cold. I fell asleep on a bench and rolled off in the middle of the night onto the cement and smashed my face. I woke up in the hospital being told that I had lice, COVID-19, a burnt leg, and was experiencing drug-related withdrawals. During my treatment in the hospital, I was approached by someone who asked me, “Do you want to change your life”? Feeling desperate for change I said, “yes!”

Desperate to change my life, I arrived at the Calgary Dream Centre (CDC) and experienced a supportive community of individuals who provided the care that I needed, and it all started with a meal!

At the CDC, for the first time in a while, I felt safe, cared for, and loved. Having consistent meals and a roof over my head was critical to starting my recovery. With a full stomach and a safe place to rest my head at night, I could finally focus on my recovery. Not too long into the program I began to see real life change take place. I could see my mind, body, and spirit being transformed from the inside out.

After completing the men’s program on May 6th, 2022, I moved into the tower at the CDC. I am proud to say that today I am working as a Recovery Support Worker with the CDC.

I hope that my story will inspire individuals to look past their addictions and to know that recovery IS possible. If I can come from being homeless on the streets and addicted to drugs for over 40 years to working in a treatment centre, I believe that anyone can do it. 

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The Calgary Dream Centre acknowledges with humble gratitude that our organization is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Iyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Otipemisiwak Métis Government of the Métis Nation within Alberta District 6, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.