Leaving your old life and beginning something new can be challenging for any of us. For those who have struggled with substance use, starting a new chapter is especially difficult. But, as Aisian Lucas, Addiction Recovery Care’s Manager of Outreach Relations, knows from personal experience – on the other side of those obstacles is resilience, hope, and redemption. Aisian recently celebrated nine years in recovery and is a living testament to the whole-life transformations that can come after addiction.
“Addiction does not discriminate, it can happen to anyone. But the greatest thing about that is that recovery does not discriminate either,” says Aisian.
For nearly a decade, Aisian Lucas battled addiction, a struggle that seemed impossible to overcome. In 2014, as she faced a judge who contemplated her fate, Aisian was granted one more chance at treatment. That decision changed the trajectory of her life, providing hope and a path to a brighter future.
Aisian found redemption at Beth’s Blessings, an Addiction Recovery Care facility in Jackson County. There, with the help of a comprehensive medical team, she discovered a new lease on life.
“For the first time, I remember seeing how blue the sky was, how green the trees were, and just beauty,” Lucas said.
It was then that she committed to doing whatever it took to stay sober and fully embrace life.
Upon completing her treatment, Aisian returned home and found strength in her church family. Together, they embarked on a journey to create a ministry called Re-Wired, where they help individuals seek treatment and build connections for their sobriety.
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Reflecting on her journey, Aisian Lucas remarked, “Through these last eight years, it’s hard to put on paper the beautiful journey I have been on. However, it only continues to get better.”
Earlier this year, Aisian was named a Hope Ambassador by Operation UNITE. She says it’s an honor, emphasizing that it gives her the opportunity to spread Hope and show that recovery is not only possible but that great things lie ahead. She believes that no matter your background, you can achieve greatness and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Aisian has used her personal story to inspire others, sharing her struggles with addiction and demonstrating how faith and recovery can bring about profound change. Her passion for helping others and her unwavering courage serve as a beacon of hope for those who may be battling their own substance use disorders.
When asked about what “hope” means to her, Aisian said, “Hope means possibilities. Even though, at certain times, we can’t see it, it’s there. Hope means endless possibilities at best. Just because you were homeless and addicted doesn’t mean that, in a few years, you can’t have a home of your own, your kids back, and be a respectable person. Hope means that if you can dream it, it can happen.”
To those who are considering treatment for a substance use disorder, Aisian offers heartfelt advice: “It will be scary, but it will be so worth it. When you finally get to a place where getting high is work, and you’re tired of it, that’s a different life. I know that it will be hard, but keep pushing. Great things are waiting for you!”