Name: Christian G Carrillo
Recovery can happen
Name Christian Carrillo
Drug addiction remains to be the most vexing problem that is facing society today. I was an active drug abuser of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Marijuana. For years from the age of 18 till I was 24 like so many people, the abuse of drugs took a toll on my life, and one day I gathered the strength to seek help. I wasn’t happy and didn’t like the way I was living so I had to make a change.
My recovery journey was challenging, but it was rewarding in the end. I would go to meetings, but no change could be seen. I was never jailed and I went to 1 rehabilitation center, I met a friendly counselor who walked with me through my recovery journey. She encouraged me to keep fighting and attending meetings at the recovery house and also to get in the field to help people with addiction problem since I have first hand experience of what I went thru. Thanks to her, now I have 15 years of sobriety. Getting to stay sober has helped me change many areas of my life, including my overall health. My vision after recovery was to leave behind all the suffering and become a credit to my family rather than becoming an object of disappointment and shame. To a recovering drug addict, having a solid support system is most crucial, and that is why I aspired to be a substance abuse counselor.
Currently, I am enrolled in a Associate’s degree in Human Services and I will graduate from Rio Hondo College after Summer 2022. I would later want to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services to help people of all ages overcome substance and drug abuse in all fields of probation, residential and outpatient programs, prisons, and hospitals. Given a chance, I will assure drug addicts that addiction recovery can change one’s life for the better. I will encourage them that substance addiction is not a personal failure but a chronic disorder and that it is okay to seek help. I consider the scholarship as an excellent opportunity for me to expand my expertise in the field and help others struggling with drug abuse recovery. The program will give me the skills and expertise needed to help people with various addiction and mental health challenges.
I firmly believe that becoming a drugs and substance abuse counselor is not a career choice for me but a calling. I get contentment from helping others. My choice to take this path has been driven mainly by the desire to help drug addicts in hospitals, prisons, and probation throughout their recovery journeys. Using my time to serve this population is something I have always wanted to pursue because sometimes people only need support, and that is what life is all about. I believe that the scholarship is a good way for me to expand my abilities and experience to contribute to society. After graduating with the degree, my aspirations include being able to open up an addiction recovery clinic for the underserved population. If selected for the scholarship, I will prioritize serving others. Thank you in advance for your consideration.