Recovery Lasts a Lifetime: Steve
In our continuing coverage of the state's addiction crisis, NH1 News is airing a series of positive stories of recovery and hope.
Steve Pierce has been sober since May 12, 2012. Prior to his sobriety he tried to maintain a normal life as a teacher, father and husband, but what many didn't know is that Steve was addicted to cocaine.
"It was so horrible," he said. "I didn't care. My addiction was just driving the bus and I had no control."
He was arrested in April of 2012 after police discovered he'd stolen a school camera and pawned it for drug money. But he said that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Steve had been stealing from his friends homes and he knew after they saw him on the news he'd have to face those charges too.
"They decided to check their jewelry box and it was all gone," he said. "Horrible."
The stolen property lead to several felony charges and jail time. It was there that Steve started to turn his life around.
"I stayed clean, I went to meetings in jail, I did whatever I needed to do to stay clean."
Now he's found a way to continue teaching, using his own life lessons.
He works for Live Free Recovery in Newton, N.H. It provides clinically supported counseling, family education and intensive outpatient treatment for adolescents.
According to their website the goal is to help patients achieve a balanced healthy lifestyle:
"IOP consists of four weekly meetings, three hours in length, for a period of four weeks and serves adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17. Persons age 18 who are still in High School will be reviewed on a case by case basis for appropriateness for the existing group. Groups will be conducted by master level licensed alcohol and drug counselors. Recovery coaches present at all group sessions," the site reads.
Live Free Recovery is also connecting with area schools and have had several meetings with school officials to become a substance abuse resource for high school students.
Steve said he hopes his story can serve as inspiration because he's climbed from the bottom up and knows other people can too.
"I'm doing it for the next person who sees that to say well, if that guy can do it, that chump can do it, I can do it."