Today we’d like to introduce you to Thomas Hernandez.
Thomas, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Thomas Hernandez, and I am the owner and founder of Tribe Recovery Services and Tribe Restoration.
But I once was a lost career criminal of the justice system. My addiction to drugs and alcohol fueled the hustle, ultimately ending in arrest. The apologies to my loved ones, including myself, held no accountability.
I was born to two very loving and successful parents. Coming from a very large family, the temptations and opportunities to do wrong was accessible from an early age. I started drinking at age eight, which escalated to drug use in my early teens. A life of crime in the streets soon followed. Every moment of confusion, pain and lockdown was earned and then some. No one was to blame but myself.
At this point, it was time to either accept the life that I had created for myself or make a change. Unfortunately, I decided to continue running and gunning. The funny thing about life is, when you feel hopeless, you accept your believed-fate and find comfort in the misery of loss after loss. Violent acts piled up like Christmas presents in a Disney movie.
I found myself sitting in DRDC, feeling the full embarrassment of being there once again. I continued drug searching, thinking just one pill would let me sleep it all away and forget my situation. The bible only disgusted me more because it reminded me of my failed promises to God.
The simple truth is I needed anyone and anything that could teach me a new way of life. The first person I reached out to was my case manager. I was admitted into a treatment center and was released with my first set of skills. I used those skills to stay focused and got into recovery. I kept using services and opportunities to stay focused and was granted supervised release due to my organization and willingness to change. From one spark in the darkness, there comes opportunities to change your life. For myself, I recognized the importance of it all, and by seizing the opportunities presented to me, I am where I am today.
I continued to work on the demon that was the cause of all my madness: my addiction to drugs and alcohol. It was not perfection; I fell more times than I can count. I moved into a recovery house and kept working at it.
Today I am a man in long-term recovery of several years. I left my life of crime and gang involvement and have not seen the inside of a jail cell for almost a decade. I earned back my family and have created a new one.
My career now is teaching others what I have learned through my own experiences, and instilling strength and hope by creating a recovery-home company filled with like-minded individuals seeking change and proactive lifestyles. My homes are shame-free, allowing people to focus on their lives through clean and sober eyes. I also have partnerships with like-minded organizations. I had to give up everything I knew to gain a new life in recovery I know today.
“Start from Nothing Stop for Nothing” is the daily moto I live by…
All the love and respect,
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think the biggest struggles personally was getting over myself and all I thought I knew to be that way the world worked and exactly how I myself worked mentally, spiritually and what being an active addict was doing to my life. I really had no idea how to be a productive man. To hold an honest conversation or navigate myself from one day to the next. It took alot of work with mentors, step work with my sponsor and finding a connection with a Gof of my own understanding.
Professionally, giving back was the key to my success. Being coachable and learning to work ethically and run an honest program for men that need all the chances I recieved. This is not perfection and in the progress its ruff sometimes. Meeting people on their terms to than helpmold them into what they need to be. That’s the struggle. Once that person figures it out. All the hard work is worth every moment of failure on the way to victory.
Tribe Recovery Homes – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company is the creation of my past experience myself. I remember all the doors that was closed for me as well as the opportunities I found on my own journey to recovery. We meet people where they are at. There is no two recovery paths the same. Everyone needs the opportunity to work for what works for them. We all need that opportunity. I was given it. Why not the next man…
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Making it through every obstacle and failure. Never quitting and pushing through to evolve the company and fix the holes that break down. Recovery Homes is not an easy, 24/7 situation. Guys stay from 2 min. To two years with me. You grow into a family with them. See them get their families back. Gain employment and education. Have kids and all the good stuff everyone dreams of which is peace in a life of recovery.
- Address: Multiple house metro Denver
- Website: www.triberecoverhomes.com
- Phone: 7206087423
- Instagram: Triberecoveryhomes
- Facebook: Triberecoveryhomes
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