Happy Good News
I’ve learned over time that it’s common for us to hear about the bad things happening in this world, but rarely do we have an opportunity to share the good. In his book, The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale says, “The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”

Over the last 8 years, I’ve been given the gift of watching your lives change for the good in unimaginable ways. Honestly, it’s the main reason I’ve stayed with PRN for so long. I’m inspired daily by all of you—watching the obstacles you’ve faced and overcome, sharing in your success. I hear about participants getting their licenses reinstated because of their hard work in recovery, reestablishing healthy relationships with their spouses and children, supporting others in recovery, and finding jobs that give them purpose again.

I know all these things are possible because I hear about it every day. But unfortunately, everyone reading this newsletter isn’t in a good place today. Some may have lost their jobs, their children, their licenses, and their homes. This is the reason I think it’s so important that we share the good! Because in sharing our positive experiences, we find hope for our futures! We learn that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we take the first right step and continue appreciating life one day at a time.

This newsletter is for you, our participants, the heart and soul of PRN. I want it to serve as a forum for you all to share the good in your lives—big and small. Please take this opportunity to reach out to me and let me know the positive things happening around you! It will give me the chance to share that good news with the other 200 participants in our program as well as those in the community looking for support, who may otherwise have no hope.
Let’s come together as a program and support each other in ways we never have before! I’m certain that if we lead in positive ways, others will follow us on this journey and they, too, will find peace.

"I am living proof that the PROFESSIONAL RECOVERY NETWORK and AA can change your life"

I have been a Pharmacist since 1983. I remember a gentleman speaking to us in Pharmacy school about the possibilities of Pharmacist addiction and alcoholism and it was very profound. I said to myself "that will never happen to me."

I was working for a chain pharmacy in the 90's. I was drinking quite often and began to drink more when my marriage started falling apart. Then I was having back problems and starting taking hydrocodone regularly for my pain. I began to notice I required more and more to achieve pain relief. Needless to say I got myself into a lot of trouble. I lost my job. My supervisor was a personal friend of mine and I could see the pain in his face when he had to fire me, but he gave me a phone number to PRN. By doing this I was set on a journey to recovery.

I was fortunate enough to get 5 years’ probation and an ABO which will never go away. I began drinking again and it was just as bad as it was before. I did not stick with AA. I thought I could drink like normal people. I did not listen to the program of AA nor anyone else warning me off the path of destruction I was heading down again.

In 2014, I found myself at a jumping off point—either get help or take it to the bitter end and I almost chose the latter. I was trying to purchase a pharmacy, drinking heavily and was again addicted to pain medication as a result of surgeries and bad decisions. So the day came where I called PRN in great desperation. I did not know what was going to happen with my life and I couldn’t even think much less function as a responsible individual.

PRN was there for me when I wasn't. I can't remember who I spoke to that day, as it was without a doubt the worst day of my existence, but they showed me compassion, empathy and true concern for my safety and my life. I had to tell my wife, my 15 year old son and my 23 year old daughter that I had turned myself in and what I had done. I let everyone who depended on me down. PRN suggested I go to rehab and I did. While in rehab I lost my job again and wasn't sure if I still had a family, home or the life I once knew.

Rehab was my saving grace. I not only regained faith in myself but in something greater than me. I had a spiritual experience I did not believe would ever happen to me. After all I thought I was worthless. I saw something in the people who worked with me and I wanted what they had so I set my goal to achieve it. When I got out of rehab, I made an agreement with PRN for 5 years’ of monitoring. I am now almost 3 years sober and I owe my life to PRN. If not for genuine people, the accountability which comes from drug screens, quarterly reports etc., there is a good chance I might not be writing this today.

I am living proof that the PROFESSIONAL RECOVERY NETWORK and AA can change your life to one you never could even imagine. Today I have a job, my family and most importantly my life.

"PRN has been one of the tools to allow me live a life worth living that is not consumed by fear"

In the fall of 2010,I was set to begin pharmacy school and start the new chapter of my life that would allow me to build a career and achieve my goals. I excelled quickly as a student and was recognized for my aptitude. However, on the inside, I never quite felt good enough and would use alcohol to change the way I felt. Since I was a good student, friends would often dismiss my drinking saying it could not be that bad. At this point, I was not drinking every day but always had that crutch in my back pocket. As time progressed, I spent less of my time studying and more of my time drinking. I got to the point where I could not stay sober long enough to read my notes or attend lectures. I would wake up shaking from anxiety. I felt as though I was losing control, and fear prevented me from seeing a future that was any different.

One day I broke down to a friend and said I needed help. I could not continue life the way I was going; I had hit an emotional and physical rock bottom. My friend helped me get the help I needed through contacting PRN, and I quickly was able to arrange to go to rehab. The relief I felt knowing there was a plan for me to get better was almost immediate. Over the next three months, I was able to become honest with myself, begin to understand what the 12 steps mean, and lay the groundwork for my recovery.

When I first learned I would need to sign a contract for 5 years with PRN, I was resentful. I was overwhelmed by all the tasks I would need to perform. The truth was I was still letting the character defect of wanting to control everything run my life. Over time, resentment turned into gratitude. I have been able to meet some amazing people at regional meetings and conferences who I have connected with both from a recovery and a career standpoint. Not only do I have a home group, a sponsor, and a group of great sober friends that keep me accountable, but over time PRN has been another source of protection for my sobriety. The obligation to show up to monthly meetings and check in for daily drug testing allows me to have a sense of responsibility and order to my recovery that I have learned to appreciate. Just this past year alone, I have graduated from pharmacy school, attained a first year residency at my first choice institution, and signed on for another year to specialize in psychiatric pharmacy, which has always been my dream career. Not to mention I am celebrating my third sobriety birthday tonight with a great group of friends.

PRN has been one of the tools to allow me live a life worth living that is not consumed by fear. For that, I am truly grateful.