Stephen Vega of Texas Valley Sober Living Home puts positive face on recovery

TROHN coalition member Steven Vega, founder of the Texas Valley Sober Living Home, get’s some great press in the Valley Morning Star. Follow the link to read the original article.
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HARLINGEN — Many people with addiction disorders begin the relationship with these substances as children.

One such child was Stephen Vega. Born in Victoria, Texas, he is now a resident of Harlingen. He said that in seeking a better life, he joined the Navy right out of high school. There he was trained as an electrician and served eight years.

During that time, Vega’s addictive behavior was revealed, he says. He was sanctioned by the Navy and required to undergo rehabilitation. It was at this point that Vega was inspired by the recovery community.

He said that he realized that he, in turn, could facilitate the recovery of others. After his discharge from the Navy, Vega moved to Houston where he earned his master’s degree in psychology. He also completed certification and licensing for chemical dependency counseling and professional counseling.

While going through rehab himself, he got involved in the recovery community and has continued to serve this community since 1998. He has also served buy aripiprazole with the Child Protective Services, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children, and has been involved with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Vega said a support system is essential to long-term success for rehabilitation members. His strong commitment to the rehab community inspired him to open the Texas Valley Sober Living Home in Harlingen.

This facility is a fourplex home where people with addiction problems can get help. The home is more than just a shelter. It provides the basic structure people need to become productive and independent.

Each member of the home participates voluntarily. Home members are encouraged to either hold down a job or do volunteer community service to cover living expenses at the home.

House members are encouraged to get involved in the local community as well. This helps ground them socially and gives the community opportunities to facilitate rehab.

Vega encourages the local community to get involved. Personal satisfaction is derived from helping others, he says.

“The hope and potential I have seen many people realize in their recovery is amazing. Helping others has helped me to become a better person,” he said.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Vega at 956-622-8484.

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