Jameson L. – 2011 P.E.A.S.E. Academy graduate

I started alcohol and drugs at 15. I got to P.E.A.S.E. two weeks before I turned 18, and sobriety began.

It started as a fun thing to do with my friends. It escalated and soon became something I did to block out what was happening in my life and once I started, I couldn’t stop. I ended up in jail and got kicked out of his high school, forever.

I entered an adolescence treatment program for three months and they bused me to P.E.A.S.E. Academy for school. Every Monday I would go to school and hear kids talk about how much fun they had over the weekend without drugs and alcohol. I didn’t think it was possible.

P.E.A.S.E. made me realize that I’m not alone and not the only person my age who suffers from alcohol and drug addiction. When I was trying to get sober, it seemed like I was the only person my age in recovery.

The teachers at P.E.A.S.E. understood what I was going through and believed in me. They weren’t there to discipline me but to help me do my best and succeed. I had never experienced an environment where everyone genuinely cares about each other

P.E.A.S.E. helped me build relationships with family and friends. Before PEASE, my mom and I didn’t have a relationship. Now I talk to her and see her weekly. I show up when I say I will and I’m someone that other people can lean on.

P.E.A.S.E. gave me the chance to do what I wanted in live. I’ve been sober for nine years now regional manager for Pieology Pizzeria, overseeing and managing sales for multiple restaurants.