Jessica Barks Surpasses Over 20 Months Sober After Attending Our Orange County Detox and Residential

Jessica Barks’ struggle with addiction began at the age of 16 after she suffered the loss of her mother who was taken by cancer. The unbearable hurt she experienced caused her to turn to alcohol, marijuana, and later hallucinogens and benzos. Not long after, she turned to pills and heroin to mute out the demons in her head and the pain in her heart caused by the passing of her mom.Jessica Barks at Fresh Start of California

During her first attempt with heroin, Jessica overdosed. Despite her willingness to pass due to the emotional trauma she had been suffering, it was not her time to go. Her life was full of ample potential. Jessica recognized her hurt, pain, and struggle, and put herself in treatment at Fresh Start of California, ready to face her demons head-on.

Her Experience at our Orange County Detox

During her detox and residential treatment at our Orange County facility, Jessica gained clarity, peace of mind, and, more importantly, happiness. Her willingness to accept change allowed her to flourish. While at Fresh Start of California, Jessica enjoyed yoga, dinners out and about, trips to the beach used as a time and place for meditation, Friday morning harp sessions, and personalized and individualized treatment designed to help her achieve and maintain sobriety.

When asked what she enjoyed most about our Orange County detox, Jessica responded, “I loved that it was smaller, and I didn’t just feel like a number. I was a person with a future that they actually cared about!” Through our Orange County detox, Jessica learned that it is possible to have fun while being sober and that sobriety is the furthest thing from dull and boring.

Where Jessica is Now

Jessica’s official sobriety date is October 2, 2017, giving her more than 20 months free of drugs and alcohol. While in sobriety, Jessica has experienced many beautiful and amazing places and created irreplaceable memories that will last a lifetime. She no longer takes life for granted and takes full control of her life and happiness.

Since completing detox and residential at Fresh Start of California, Jessica has moved across the country, met her soulmate, and is now able to pursue the things she is most passionate about, including raising her beautiful 7-month-old baby boy. Now, her future is limitless.

The Highlights of Sobriety and a Special Thanks

Living life in sobriety doesn’t mean a life free of struggles, but it means one that can be worked out and remedied without the use of drugs or alcohol. With a clear mind, Jessica is able to visit family, enjoy life, and continue to pursue the things she loves.

When asked who she would like to thank, Jessica answered:

I would like to thank my support system: God, my family, my sponsor, and my friends that stuck with me through everything. I am also so thankful for the new friends I have gained on this journey, an old counselor of mine, my amazing boyfriend who is a constant support, and, most importantly, my son, who gives me an even bigger reason for living clean and healthy. I could not and cannot do it without these amazing people in my life.

Jessica’s Thoughts on Fresh Start of California

Jessica’s journey may have been nurtured by Fresh Start of California, but the effort and heart have been hers and hers alone. Nonetheless, Jessica wanted to thank Fresh Start of California. She shared:

Fresh Start of California will always hold a special place in my heart. I know it was God telling me to pick up the phone that day, and I was truly meant to be at Fresh Start of California. It was the foundation that I needed and set my road to recovery in the right direction. I will always be so grateful for everyone that helped me at the facility. I had some rough days, and they were always there to help me get through it and see that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I am forever blessed for this team. I truly believe I would not be where I am today if I had not begun my journey at Fresh Start of California! So, thank you Fresh Start of California, Dustin, Preston, Lindsey, Lacey and the entire treatment team for believing in me and giving me hope and providing the path to living freely.

Are you ready for a fresh start detox and residential plan? Call our Orange County detox today. Our rehab team in OC is ready to provide you with individualized treatment and hope to pursue a healthier and happier future.

Tristan Humes Surpasses 30 Day in Sobriety–47 to be Exact!

We are proud to announce that Tristan Humes, a 23-year-old, is well past his 30 days in sobriety–47 days to be exact! He has successfully passed both our Orange County detox and residential programs.

Tristan Humes Surpasses 30 Days in Sobriety

Walking Through the Darkness

Tristan’s addiction began when he was just 11 years old. He started experimenting with pills, which graduated to the use of cocaine and crack in combination with pills by the age of 14. In his young teen years, at 16 years old, Tristan started injecting heroin. He was, without doubt, encapsulated by addiction, and this was only the start of Tristan’s downward spiral.

At 20 years old, he was arrested for various criminal charges. Around this time, Tristan was released under mandatory rehab. Unfortunately, still caught in the gloom, Tristan was introduced to meth at 22 years old.

Residual negative side effects followed. Tristan was kidnapped, shot at, and was sought out by bounty hunters numerous times. But, this wasn’t the end for him. He knew that he needed to turn his life around. After 12 years of addiction, Tristan discovered a way out of the dark life he had created for himself.

Up Towards the Light and Into the Future

Tristan was introduced to Preston and Dustin Durnford, owners of Fresh Start of California, along with the treatment team and was immediately placed into Fresh Start of California’s detox program. He followed that program with the residential program. After completing both programs successfully, Tristan began attending the outpatient program at Coastline Behavioral Health.

In just 47 days in sobriety, Tristan has achieved so much. He has developed authentic, healthy friendships and has reestablished relationships with his parents and brother. Now, his plan is to return to school and work in the plumbing trade in hopes of one day starting his own business.

Full of Gratefulness and Thanks

Tristan is full of gratefulness and thanks. When asked who he would like to thank for his journey to sobriety, Tristan stated, “I appreciate the entire treatment team at Fresh Start of California for giving me another chance to come to receive treatment and always showing me love. Fresh Start of California helped me change my life, and they believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. They were always there for me and always treated me with respect. I encourage anybody dealing with addiction to go to Fresh Start of California.”

Just a Note from Fresh Start of California

Tristan, we would like to say how proud we are of everything you have achieved thus far. You came out of the darkness and into the light, and it’s only up from here! We are proud to have you as a brother forever, and we are ready to stand by you in every adventure you take. This is only the beginning.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, contact our Orange County detox right away. We are available 24/7 and accept multiple insurances. Let us give you a fresh start!

It’s a Party: Jacob Moers Hits One-Year of Sobriety!

It’s a Party: Jacob Moers Hits One-Year of Sobriety!

At the age of 16, Jacob Moers started to travel down the path of addiction. By 17, Jacob was completely encapsulated by darkness and controlled by his need for heroin, meth, and other substances. Until the age of 22, he found himself constantly floundering through the journey to sobriety, never making it beyond the 30-day mark.Jacob Moers

The Change

Before it was too late, Jacob found Fresh Start of California, a detox center in Orange County, and began what would be become the greatest feat in his life—sobriety. It was at this point that his life forever changed, and day by day, he became the best version of himself. During this journey, Jacob developed once-in-a-lifetime friendships with people who genuinely want the best for him and nothing from him in return.

Where He is Now

Now, Jacob’s family celebrates his sobriety with him, and all are forever thankful for the time, energy, and resources that Fresh Start of California has invested in him.

Now that Jacob has planted his roots, he shares the gift of sobriety by helping and being of service to others. Undoubtedly, this gives Jacob the greatest satisfaction he has ever experienced, and it is only up from here.

Thanks to all his hard work, dedication, and strength, along with the help of Fresh Start of California and Epic Transformations, Jacob reached his one-year sobriety anniversary on March 14, 2019, and we could not be more proud. On his free time, you can find Jacob helping others, hitting the gym, and enjoying the beautiful life he was gifted.

Special Thanks from Jacob

When asked who he would like to thank the most, Jacob responded:

Preston and Dustin! I can’t thank them enough. I love those guys and look up to them like older brothers. There are very few people I have met out here, let alone in life, who are as good of guys as they are. I just love them. It’s that simple. As far as other support, I live with a group of solid guys who keep me accountable. I still stay in touch with my sponsor, and, of course, none of this would have been possible without my family. I love Fresh Start of California and Epic Transformations. I have pride when I wear their stuff because I love what it means and stands for. To me, it means having real fun in sobriety and getting back to a life that is fulfilling without drugs and alcohol. Once again, I am truly thankful and grateful to be a part of an amazing program ran by two of the best people I know.

A Note From Fresh Start of California and Epic Transformations

Jacob, we are so beyond proud of all you have achieved, and we KNOW the sky is the limit for you. We are proud to call you a brother for life. Keep representing Epic Transformations and Fresh Start of California with all of who you are!

If your loved one is struggling with addiction, do not hesitate to call our Orange County substance abuse detox center right away. Our team can step in and help right away.