Mike’s Story

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My name is Mike.

Mike Jorgensen, Founder & Daughter, Annie.

I am a husband, father, grandfather, and a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I am also the founder of Steps Recovery Centers. Several years ago, a close friend of mine pulled me aside and told me I was going to lose everything that was important to me if I didn’t stop drinking. I knew he was right. Other people had told me the same thing but for some reason, this time I believed it.

I was living in a personal hell of my own creation, but my ‘addict brain’ told me that there was no problem at all, that I could quit whenever I wanted to. I just didn’t want to, even though my behaviors were hurting those I cared about.

I justified my actions and sincerely believed that “they” (friends and family) were the problem. My diseased brain had been rewired to allow me to believe that my absurd behaviors were perfectly normal. To me, it was “normal” to lie, cheat, and steal to support my addiction.

You’ve probably heard that addicts will do anything to stay loaded; I know that to be true because I lived it.

I was one of the lucky ones. Even though I didn’t get sober on my first try, I never stopped trying and I continued to attend the 12-Step meetings. Eventually, I started to do what they suggested, (at least most of it), and I finally started to put a few clean and sober days together. Those days turned into months, and the months turned into years. I will always be eternally grateful to my family and friends in and out of recovery who through their examples, have shown me a way to live a happy, normal life, free from all mood and mind altering substances. They literally saved my life and I thank my God for them every day.

I had been in the shoes of the addict, and now I was in the shoes of the parent of the addict, which was a whole different type of pain and suffering.

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there. In the fall of 2006, my daughter came to me asking for help. She had a drug problem. She had been involved in a tragic automobile accident the previous year that had killed her friend and left her critically injured. After nearly 6 weeks in the hospital, she had become dependent on painkillers. When her doctors cut her off, she started to self-medicate and eventually began using heroin on a daily basis.

I had been in the shoes of the addict, and now I was in the shoes of the parent of the addict, which was a whole different type of pain and suffering.

Unless you have experienced it for yourself, there is no way to describe the helpless feeling of watching someone you love destroy their lives with drugs and alcohol. My daughter started attending 12-Step recovery meetings with me but she wasn’t able to stay sober. However, she had made friends in recovery that convinced her to check into a residential treatment facility for full-time care. That was quite a process in itself. After investigating every residential treatment center in Utah, we selected one that was conveniently located just 30 minutes from our home.

Three-and-a-half months and tens of thousands of dollars later, she finally graduated from their program and has remained clean and sober ever since.

It took someone outside of my family to help me finally see what everyone had been seeing and get the lifesaving help I had to have. It took the addiction of one of my own children to make me realize the need and the value of help on a larger scale, and how fortunate and blessed we were that this kind of care was even an option for us. For so many, it was not — until now.

I discovered rehab was a life-changing, life-giving experience, and a cause that I could fully support. I learned the principles and practices that worked for most people in recovery. I believed I could improve on some of them to help others in a better way.

That’s how Steps Recovery Centers was born. It became a passion for me to build a program out of the best methods and approaches I saw out there and include a few pieces I felt were missing or could be greatly improved upon such as a badly-needed family support component. Long-term success rates grow exponentially when the family also receives tools and support to deal with a destructive family member.

Finally, the piece I knew personally that was missing from so many addiction recovery groups was making treatment affordable for families. We have worked hard to find the right balance of the best care and support combined with clean and comfortable facilities.

I discovered rehab was a life-changing, life-giving experience, and a cause that I could fully support. I learned the principles and practices that worked for most people in recovery. I believed I could improve on some of them to help others in a better way.
I believed I could improve on some of them to help others in a better way. That’s how Steps Recovery Centers was born. With our highly qualified and medically certified staff, we are able to custom-tailor treatment programs that more families can afford. Like everyone else who chooses Steps Recovery Centers to treat their addictions, I know that I am responsible for my actions, and that my recovery is a process that needs to be accounted for every day. Because of my experiences with addiction, I can look you in the eye and honestly say that I understand what you or your loved ones are going through on your path of freedom from this horrible disease.

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