“I feel like my life’s going somewhere.”
Larry was just 15 years old when he started using marijuana. It was harmless, he thought, just for fun, and as he says, “Smoking weed just made me laugh.”
But things started getting worse. He began drifting away from his parents, and started going to parties where he began using cocaine and heroin.
Even his time in the Air Force couldn’t stop his downward slide. When he left the Air Force at age 21, he ventured off into harder drugs.
Finally, after a night of using, he found himself in his car outside a club as the sun rose, and he decided he’d had enough. Using a calling card that his mother had given him, he called his mom and asked if she would drive him to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center.
Larry says he feels like the program is helping him gain confidence in himself. “You don’t have to hide anything here.”
He has reconnected with his parents, and loves playing golf with his dad, just talking and enjoying the life that he’s reclaiming.
As far as Larry’s future is concerned … “I just take every day as it’s given to me. I know today’s been a cool day. Yesterday was a good day. I’ve been sober. I’m alive. Dang … that’s cool.”
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The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.
The ARC offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.
The ARC is completely funded through sales at the four Salvation Army Family Stores in Austin.
Who is Eligible?
Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be.
A long-term commitment of at least six months is required so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices – changes that will help them become productive citizens of their community.
Applicants with a desire to get help may be referred by families, friends, courts, clergy and community leaders or may simply call the Intake Office at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) to make an appointment or get more information about local ARC programs.