My name is Jared Arnott and I am 25 years old. I have almost a year and a half sober from drugs and alcohol and I have this support group to thank. There are many people here with long lengths of sobriety that have been and still are here for me. This isn't something I've seen anywhere personally. I thought that the hardest part was to get sober but it's what it takes to stay sober that takes the real work. Growing up is huge. For me, I didn't want to accept that I had to. I had a list of excuses why I didn't need to and that I needed a job and a girlfriend. I needed to skate and surf everyday and my life would be full and complete. When I came to the Ranch I had to accept that I needed recovery and to work a program. To be apart of something bigger than myself for the cause that is the benefit of many more people than just myself. As addicts and alcoholics, we naturally are and need to work on not being just selfish people. Today we live the twelve steps and give back to everybody we can that comes in which is something I've never done in my life before I realized what a poor role model and negative influence I was. I couldn't admit that to myself but I have had solid people here to get brutally honest with me and tell me things I would usually fight and get disrespectful over beforehand. It's how we care for each other that I ultimately appreciate. I came in feeling sorry for myself with the thought that I'd never get this as few do. An immature young adult with no knowledge of how to lead my life. Today I use that same desperation as motivation. Overall the standard of living and accountability here at the Ranch is why so many of us are successful and we welcome all newcomers willing to change their lives.