I am writing to express my gratitude to the staff at the Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program that I have worked with over the years. I am so thankful for each and every person that has worked for this purpose in supporting individuals like me. Addiction is a difficult subject matter. It is one that most people have some exposure to in their life,
through a family member or a friend, but also one that is severely misunderstood. Most people simply do not understand alcohol abuse and drug addiction as diseases. Thankfully, there are people that do understand. I transitioned to the PNAP/PHMP program through IPN in Florida. I have had a very positive experience with both programs. The support, understanding, and guidance have been extremely helpful in allowing me to keep my nursing license, and in connecting me with other health care professionals that are in recovery and who have shared similar experiences.
My recovery has been life changing and life giving. I have a wife and three children, a sponsor, friends that understand me, a career, and so many blessings. I am a better husband, friend, and professional because of my recovery. In a strange way, I am thankful for my addiction. I have grown in ways that I might not have been forced address if it had not been for my addiction. I know that each day is a new day and my recovery is a work in progress. It is a life long journey, not a destination. I am looking forward to completing this program and to moving forward with my life.
I am not sure if I will ever return to clinical nursing as a profession, but I plan to continue to work in health care information technology where I can utilize my experience as a nurse and my understanding of health care to help clinicians care for patients. I am grateful to be able to do that. But first and foremost, my recovery will always be a priority because I know that everything else goes away if I do not have recovery. I will be forever grateful to all those that have supported me along the way. Thank you!