How Mike Overcame Addiction and Found Sobriety

Everyone’s recovery journey is unique. At East Point Recovery Center we understand that to our core. The road that led you to us has been difficult and winding. East Point is a place for you to drop all the heavy baggage you’ve carried for so long. An alumnus of our program, and advocate for our services, Mike Adams, battled heroin addiction for many years. Coming to East Point changed the trajectory of his life from the moment he decided to choose sobriety.


Mike’s Story


Mike, age 40, from Andover, Massachusetts, is proud to say that he is 2.5 years (and counting!) sober, thanks, in part, to East Point. Prior to arriving in Beverly, he spent 15 years living in California where he was an active heroin addict working in the cannabis industry. Along with heroin, Mike also used cocaine and methamphetamines. Reflecting back on his experience with drug use, Mike recalls that he spent years upon years in the throes of addiction. He never faced a hiatus or a downturn in his use from the moment he started until he ended up at East Point. 


Mike wasn’t the first to contact East Point for help. In fact, when he went home to visit family in Massachusetts, they were the ones who introduced him to the program. He quickly gave up his life in California and went steadfast into a fresh start with East Point’s team by his side. Admitting, even now, that sobriety was a slow process for him, both physically and mentally, he is grateful that his family stepped in when they found out about his addiction. He can’t imagine where he would be if they hadn’t.


Mike’s Best East Point Memory


When asked about his favorite memory with East Point, Mike candidly recalls all of the outside fun they were able to have completely sober. From attending Red Sox games to a Phish concert, the joy that togetherness brought him was insurmountable. He, along with others in the program, shared the struggle of addiction while also sharing the road to sobriety with East Point. 


He loved the unconventional way that East Point took to sobriety and credits his success to them pushing the envelope for those struggling with addiction. Those at East Point have been through addiction so they understand what it takes to move past it and live a fulfilling sober life. Allowing them to attend public events reduced the anxiety they felt about doing so sober. Fun can still be had without the need for drugs or alcohol. 


Would you recommend East Point to others struggling with addiction?


“Without a doubt! East Point helps you regain your footing in life with programs that you can apply to your daily life,” Mike shared. The programs Mike worked through helped him feel more like himself than he ever had before. He found himself making healthy friendships, laughing more and enjoying the little things in life with the utmost appreciation. 



What would you say to those scared to seek treatment?


Mike: “It’s simple. Give yourself a chance at life. You don’t have to continue to struggle. It can be hard at first, but you don’t have to be a slave to the drug that you continue to chase. Your life will change for the better when you choose to be sober.”


What makes East Point different?


Mike attributes much of his sobriety to East Point’s use of the 12 Step Recovery Program. For Mike, step work has been instrumental in his sobriety journey. He has become more connected to his spirituality and committed to his overall progression. Daily, Mike, meditates, which keeps him grounded and focused on living his best possible life. 


How has your life changed since choosing East Point for treatment?


Mike: “The change has been radical! I now enjoy being in my own skin. I am more in touch with who I am than ever before. With East Point, I’ve learned to accept who I am and what I’ve gone through and focus on being a good person and doing the right thing moving forward.”