Mark began drinking when he was 13-years-old and soon found himself unable to stop drinking and using drugs while he was in high school.
“I knew I needed to stop, but there was no way I could physically do that by myself,” said Mark.
After attending the Dewey Center and support groups at Lighthouse on Dewey, he was inspired by others who shared their story. Mark has been sober from alcohol and drugs since June 2013 and says "Staying sober isn’t easy. That’s where Lighthouse on Dewey comes in."
Donors raised $2.1 million to transform what was once a hospital president’s home into a place of healing and sobriety. Lighthouse on Dewey is the newest addition to the legacy of care located at the Aurora Behavioral Health Services campus in Wauwatosa, Wis. Since opening its doors in January 2014, this renovated meeting space has been used seven days a week by an average of 20 support groups, with close to 800 individuals participating in weekly meetings.
Today, Mark gives back and shares his story of recovery with others at Lighthouse on Dewey. His goal is to inspire others facing addiction so they know they’re not alone and to help them thrive as survivors. “I want to give others hope – especially younger people — and help them know they can do this,” said Mark.
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