'True Life' Check-In: Dan's Relationship With His Family Has Flourished In Early Recovery

MTV’s latest “True Life” explored the stories of two young people who were trying to overcome their addictions to pills. We had an opportunity to check in with one of them to find out how his life has changed since filming wrapped — take a look at Dan's follow-up below.


The whole process of being on "True Life" was amazing. I never thought I'd be able to beat my addiction because I had no resources available to me. I want to say thank you to MTV and everybody at Lifescape Solutions for giving me this wonderful opportunity and saving my life.

My recovery is going great. I've gotten involved in helping others and received my recovery coach certification, and I hope to speak at treatment centers to inspire others to get clean. As far as my living situation goes, I'm still staying at Lifescape Solutions, but I've got a great job and will be moving into my own apartment soon, instead of going to a halfway house, because it can be hard to surround yourself with positive energy at a halfway house. Moving out on your own in early recovery isn't for everybody, but my therapist supports and believes that I'm capable and will excel at being self-sufficient.

My relationship with my parents is stronger than it's ever been. Once they both saw that I was serious about getting clean, I was able to start rebuilding the bridges I burned in my addiction. Of course, it'll take time to earn all their trust back, but I'm on the right path and getting closer with my family. We've been through a lot, but now that I'm clean, things are getting better because nothing is masked by the facade of addiction.

I do want to get the message out there that if you're still in active addiction and need or want help, you can get it. Don’t ever give up. If you put forth every effort to get clean, a path to sobriety will emerge. I hope that in telling my story, at least one person will decide against using that first drug, and save themselves the years of misery I had to endure. Or, if they've already made that horrible decision, I want them to see that no matter how bad it gets, it’s always possible to recover and live a fulfilling life in sobriety.

Photo courtesy of Dan.