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"When you go to rehab, you feel like everyone is judging you. But the Back on My Feet volunteers always approach you as a friend."

— Jean, Back on My Feet LA, Alum

A Fractured Skull and a Wake Up Call: Jean’s Story

While battling alcoholism, Jean lost his placement in a sober living facility and was attacked, resulting in a fractured skull and brain hemorrhaging. The risks of surgery included potential blindness and paralysis, but Jean was lucky and the blood drained without needing to do the surgery. This ended up being the wake-up call Jean needed to give up drinking permanently.

Alcohol: a Slippery Slope

Jean’s life was consumed by alcoholism, which led to a series of devastating losses, including his family, career, and hope for the future. He recounted, “I was an alcoholic for over 15 years. I was pretty well off but was drinking every night. Then I went to prison, and everything fell apart.” His descent into alcoholism left him feeling desperate, isolated, and with shattered self-esteem. Jean’s life was on a dangerous path, and he saw no way out.

The Turning Point

After multiple rehab attempts, the assault, and his near-fatal injury, Jean reached a turning point. Salvation Army introduced him to Back on My Feet, offering a glimmer of hope. Jean was willing to try anything to change his life for the better. Jean found solace in the morning runs with our volunteers, feeling part of something good. The support went beyond running; he received help with his resume, assistance with housing, and even financial support for his DUI classes.

Today, he has achieved stable housing and employment and is preparing to start college. Jean has mended relationships with his family and found a loving partner. His proudest accomplishment is maintaining his sobriety and becoming a contributing member of society.

A Continuing Journey

Jean’s journey continues as he sets his sights on finishing college, venturing into stock trading, securing his own place, attending DUI classes, and paying off IRS debt. His ambitions know no bounds, and his determination is unwavering.

A Beacon of Hope for New Members

Jean’s advice to new members is, “Never give up. Give yourself a chance. It will absolutely be worth your time. Help is always there. If you think you can’t do it, Back on My Feet will help you. The help you’re going to get is worth the pain you’re going to feel.”

Jean’s journey with Back on My Feet is a testament to the transformative power of support, community, and determination. His story serves as an inspiration to anyone facing adversity, showing that even in the darkest moments, there is a path to recovery and success. If you’re looking for a way to make a difference, consider getting involved with Back on My Feet. Whether you’re a runner, a volunteer, or a donor, you can play a part in changing lives, just like Jean’s, for the better. Join us in making a difference today!

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