Before entering Novō, my life was sad. I knew things were wrong but, blinded by alcohol and drugs, I couldn’t see how bad it was.
It began with marijuana, which I thought was helping me work better and concentrate harder. Little by little, I began to get into alcohol with friends from the neighbourhood. That’s also where I got to know cocaine and the more addictive drug: cocaine paste.
I started consuming more and more because I liked how I felt. It gave me an adrenaline rush and a unique sense of satisfaction.
I got more involved in the world of drugs and alcohol. I started to steal to be able to satisfy my need and forgot about my relationships, especially with my girlfriend. Back then, I cared little about my family and circle of friends. I couldn’t see that my addiction was causing damage to others.
I was involved in that world for about eight years. The last three years were the worst. I slept on the street, in parks, and at friends’ houses. I was hungry and cold.
After seeing myself like this I realised I was wasting my life.
I decided to enter a rehabilitation centre to seek help and rediscover myself with God. I knew there was a way out, but the addiction dominated and controlled me.
Today I feel renewed. I see the beauty in life, being healthy and learning every day. I’m living one day at a time.
I am grateful to God in the first place for what he has already given me – and what I know he will give me later – with my family, my mother, grandparents, and brothers.
The Novō team has taught me to control my desires and impulses; to overcome my fears, manage my anxiety, and walk more closely with God. They have shown me the importance of being healthy. As a result, I have begun to recover my loved ones.
I’m grateful to the Novō centre for accepting and helping me. I feel proud to have completed the programme.
Looking to the future, I have a long list of hopes! I want to be a valuable person to society, have emotional stability, develop healthy friendships, have a good job, and start a family. I also want to walk in communion with God.
My greatest desire is to remain firm in my recovery.
Ronald arrived at our home in Santa Cruz after a long battling with drug and alcohol addiction. He found a family at Quinta Totaices and attributes his successful rehabilitation to the structure he experienced and the care he received.
For 15 years, Pepe was lost in alcoholism. He lived in Argentina, but this alcohol addiction led me to lose everything, before then finding Novō Communities in Bolivia.