I was one of the first clients to receive services from Life of Purpose Treatment for my substance use disorder. I was lost beyond recognition from my loved ones and had no idea or thoughts of a future for myself. Previously to becoming a client at Life of Purpose, I had been to treatment three times and never accumulated more than 90 days of sobriety. I had no ambitions or goals and had conceded my life to drugs. I was sent from Tennessee to Florida after my third stay at a residential treatment program, which resulted in yet another relapse. I woke up one morning in a crack hotel wondering how the hell I got there. This is when Andrew Burki, CEO of Life of Purpose, walked into the hotel room and reached out a hand for help. For some reason, I decided to take his help and now find myself as a person in long-term recovery and an executive director of a treatment facility. I know that the Life of Purpose treatment model works because I lived it firsthand.
I know that the Life of Purpose treatment model works because I lived it firsthand.
Life of Purpose was the turning point in my life because I learned that I was still capable of turning things around. The staff helped me re-enroll into college where I completed 21 credits in nine months to receive my Bachelor’s degree online from Middle Tennessee State University. My case manager at Life of Purpose, then helped me enroll into Lynn University for my Master’s degree in Applied Psychology. I have since graduated with my Master’s, which I never thought was possible. The staff at Life of Purpose provided me with the therapy and support needed to achieve these goals and resolve my underlying issues that led to my substance use. The academic aspect of Life of Purpose saved my life and showed me that I was capable of making a life for myself. I no longer identified as an addict but rather I was a college student in recovery, which made all of the difference in the world!
I wanted to bring Life of Purpose to the Middle Tennessee area because I love the community here.
I would be remiss if I did not mention my family, who never gave up on me and continued to support me through the depths of my addiction. It is important for me to remember that without my family’s support I would still be that lost little boy in a 27-year-old body. I want to publicly thank my family and Life of Purpose for all they have done and helped me create in my life. Thanks to them, I can now help and support other young adults who feel lost and have taken a path that they feel is irreversible. The journey is not an easy process but with the support of others, anything is possible. I wanted to bring Life of Purpose to the Middle Tennessee area because I love the community here. I was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN and that is where my journey began. I understand that families are lost and confused as a result of someone suffering from a substance use disorder because my family has had the same experience.