Former addict: Treatment and tough love work.

“The tough love shows you the consequences of addiction, and treatment shows you a way out. It’s not easy. I was in treatment seven times … what they call a ‘retread,’” he said. “I never want to sleep on another plastic mattress.”

He said hearing the crinkling of the plastic mattress cover takes him back to the misery of withdrawal.

Michael said his solution for staying sober is taking one day at a time and prioritizing what is important to him: God, Alcoholics Anonymous, family and service to community.

“Without the first two, I can’t have the last two, he said.

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