When J.L.’s business failed, it turned his existence upside down. If life was going well he felt that he was a worthy human being. However, when the economic recession struck, he lost more than his livelihood. His self-worth, tied up with his business success, also disappeared. Two thoughts haunted him. “I’m not good enough,” and “Why me?” kept repeating in his head.  After twenty years of being clean and sober from alcohol, he relapsed.

“I was my worse enemy. I beat myself up. I drank so I would no longer have to think. I was living in a fog. I was no longer living in reality. I drank until I coughed up blood and still continued drinking.” Along the way, from 2012 to 2013, J.L. also received two Driving under the Influence charges.

“I was an emotional and physical wreck. I had no money and no job.”

When J.L. hit bottom he admitted himself to an inpatient treatment center for a month. J.L. then came to Follman Agency next for the outpatient phase.

“I neglected my son and granddaughter when I was drinking.” In time, J.L. restored the relationship with his family. With his sobriety came the trust back with those he loved.

“The best thing that ever happened to me at Follman was regaining my sense of worth.”