Ask anyone who has battled addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step. KSFY's Josh Coan sat down with one man who sought help through Avera St. Luke's Worthmore Treatment Center in Aberdeen. He says it changed his life.
Brett Sombke had been drinking for years and things were getting out of hand. Still in his early 20's, Brett had been in and out of jail for a number of DUI charges.
Brett says, "Everything was fun and just partying and thinking I was living, but I wasn't. I was just kind of stuck."
While sitting in jail waiting prison time, Brett hit rock bottom and he knew that if things were going to change he would have to do something.
Brett says, "I finally hit my rock bottom. I had nothing left and I called my parents and told them I wanted to go to treatment."
Brett was sentenced to prison time, but got permission from the court to go through the Worthmore Treatment Center first.
Counselor Angie Pearson says, "We started the whole process by just sitting down and doing what we call an assessment and having him talk to me about his addiction where it was, where it's gone to, and how he got to this point."
At the Avera St. Luke's Worthmore Treatment Center Counselor Angie Pearson really got to know Brett and worked with him to dig deeper and find the root of his addiction.
Angie says, "Everybody tells their life story which is probably the best part of the treatment process cause it actually allows them to build that trust with the group members."
Brett says, "So I just opened up and let a lot of those secrets that I had locked deep inside me, I let them out and it was emotional."
Brett attended AA meetings and church regularly while in prison. He was released after six months and now he is seven months sober and farming with is father and brother. He also runs his own soil testing business with his brother and a friend.
Brett says, "Life is good right now. Even a bad day is not that bad when I'm sober."
At 25 Brett's future looks very bright and that is something he would not have said just one year ago.