Recovery is based on altruism, being selfless and helping others is the result of working the steps. In my addiction I was a very selfish, cold hearted person that cared about no one but myself. The only thing that really mattered to me was where and how I was going to get my drugs for the day and it was like that the whole time. In my addiction I have hurt others because of my selfishness and have ruined many relationships that I will never have again. Even when I first got sober I still struggled with my selfishness for the first couple of months until I realized that the world really doesn’t revolve around me and that It feels good to get out of myself and help someone out who is in need. Nowadays I love it when I can help someone who is struggling because I have been there before and I know how important it was for me to have someone help me at the start. Living and learning here at South Orange County Detox & Treatment has turned me into an altruistic human being who really makes a difference. I can now see the growth that I have made and I am proud of the service I can provide for other addicts and alcoholics and I am proud of the man I have become.