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Josh’s Story
2021-10-13

            Family chaos, feelings of loneliness and anxiety, and plain old curiosity led Josh to take his first drink at age 13. His family had a stocked bar in the house, and he saw family members use alcohol as a reward.

            "You came home from work and had a cold beer," remembers Josh.

            Throughout high school and college, Josh continued to drink even more. "I didn't like to feel things," he says. "Alcohol became my comfort; it never let me down." It took several DUIs and four car accidents for Josh to finally realize that alcohol had indeed let him down.

            One early morning, after a night of drinking, Josh drove around a curve too fast, and his car flipped. He was pinned in the car, in and out of consciousness. A couple happened to be passing by and called for help. Josh suffered severe injuries. As he recovered, Josh realized that "my life had become unmanageable. I was feeling hopeless and was starting to have thoughts of suicide. I remember thinking, 'Am I ever going to get this right?'"

            Wanting to be a better person and realizing he didn't know how to get there on his own, Josh sought treatment at St. Luke's Penn Foundation. With the support of his outpatient counselor, Josh is now 2.5 years sober. "I finally realized that I wasn't missing out on anything by being sober. I now understand why I made the choices I did, and I'm now making healthier choices. Thanks to St. Luke's Penn Foundation, I am proud of my life now, and I am excited for the future."

            To hear more inspiring stories like Josh's, tune into St. Luke's Penn Foundation Autumn Hope-A-Thon on October 21st from 4 – 6 p.m. This event, which will be livestreamed on WFMZ.com, will celebrate the "Power of Partnership" and feature client stories and poetry as well as musical performances and more.

            In addition to the Hope-A-Thon, an online auction will be held. The auction opens on October 14 at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.PennFoundation.org.


 

 

 

 

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