A new lease on life with Guiding Light

Josh VanOveren and family
Josh VanOveren and family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) An estimated 18 million Americans need alcohol treatment every year and only 1.7 million people actually receive it. Josh VanOveren of West Michigan is one of the lucky ones who rebuilt his life with the help of Guiding Light Mission.

VanOveren says his addiction started at a young age. In high school, he started to experiment with drugs to help fit in. He says he had a job and was living what he thought was a normal life, but his life was actually a mess. Finally, his parents and family members cut him off and forced him to take a hard look at his life. He was basically homeless, with no job and no options. That’s when he learned about Guiding Light Mission. The staff gave him love, care, and genuine concern that allowed him to honestly assess where he was in life.

VanOveren completed the program in 2011 and now runs the food service program at Guiding Light. His advice to anyone dealing with substance abuse or alcoholism is not to be afraid to ask for help. For families dealing with a person with substance abuse or alcoholism, his advice is not to suffer abuse or enable their behavior and to direct them to help.

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