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Jake Leclair

About Me

Only those who have emerged from the darkness themselves can walk back in to guide others out and into the light.

That’s what I’m here to do. Emerge Recovery is the result of my decades-long battle with substance abuse and eventual journey from dope to hope. I spent years searching for solutions in every avenue I could think of. I went to treatment, talked with psychiatrists, tried couples counseling, attended 12-step programs. No matter what direction I went, though, every time I felt failed by the very people who were supposed to help me.

I wanted to quit drinking and drugging but I didn’t think I had it in me. No matter what I tried I always found myself in the same spot as before: drunk, high, and hopeless.

Like everyone who struggles with drug addiction, my growing sense of denial drove me deeper into substance use and further from the truth. I exhausted every possible escape route that was available. I knew that I was trapped in the teeth of my addiction but couldn’t see a way out. The very thing that kept me going for so long had me stuck in the cycle with no end in sight. Addiction recovery felt like an impossible pipe dream.

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The Edge Of Chaos And Fear

I came to one morning, groggy from yet another 3-day bender that started with “I’m just going to have one.” I’d been in this position countless mornings before. I couldn’t tell you how many times I woke up hazy swearing to never do it again. I made promises to myself, to my partner, to my parents, to my friends. Yet here I was.

But something felt different this morning. I knew I couldn’t take it for one more day. The mind-numbing haze, the excruciating shame and guilt, the worthlessness of my word. Those substances that used to bring comfort and relief had finally beaten me down. They left me with nothing but wreckage and confusion. I’d reached the end of my rope and was entirely out of options.

Nothing about my external circumstances had changed much. But there was an inner willingness to throw in the towel. Instead of feeling that familiar sense of being backed into a corner, though, I felt relief. There was this atmosphere of peace I hadn’t known in years. I reached a place of acceptance. I knew there was nothing more I could do, no direction I could turn, no scheme I could run.

I was done.

Realizing The Solution

That’s the place I want to help you reach. It’s the point where they realize their solution is no longer effective. They’ve tried every trick in the book but end up in the same spot time and time again. It’s an unfamiliar and uncomfortable realization to reach, but it’s also the pivotal place where you begin to escape the cycle of addiction.

Addiction is a complex, progressive condition that requires ongoing support to overcome. But when I tried getting clean and sober, the brokenness of the system meant that getting my life back was left up to chance. I recognize how lucky I was that a moment of clarity shattered the fog I spent years living in.

I want to remove luck from the equation. The likelihood of addiction recovery shouldn’t be uncertain. I’m here to help you in your darkest hour, to reach my hand out and help you find the solution I spent years searching for.

Sobriety is simple but not easy. It’s not something that arises from a one-size-fits-all mold. It doesn’t come from just a detox, just an inpatient program, or just drug and alcohol counseling. Each piece of the treatment puzzle has something to offer but how do you know which parts are right for you?

Navigating The Course To Wellness

Emerge Recovery is not your traditional treatment program. It’s not “set it and forget it” sobriety. It’s learning that life exists on the other side of sober. It’s uncovering where you want to go and how to help you get there. It’s more than detox, more than therapy, more than meetings.

It’s a path to the freedom you’ve spent years chasing through substance abuse, but with no substances required. Emerge Recovery grew from my own experiences of navigating the way through the waters of early sobriety. I took my momentary gift of acceptance and developed the experiences that followed into a process that I want to share with you.

I’m here to help you get sober and stay sober. We’ll uncover what’s keeping you sick and why you’re stuck in the same cycle. Parts of you are begging to be healed but you can’t do it alone. Emerge Recovery is the first step toward learning to navigate and thrive in a life free from substances.

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