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Tony Foster’s Story: Are You Willing to Make the Right Choice?

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Tony Foster is the Chief Operating Officer of The Road to Freedom. As a man in recovery himself, Tony is passionate about helping others find and stay on their road to recovery. His ultimate goal is to help his patients gain a better understanding of the role of spirituality in addiction recovery. Ultimately, he wants to share how building a relationship with a God can help in the healing process.

About Tony

Tony Foster’s story 3Growing up, Tony was not raised in a particularly religious family. In fact, he described in his church service on November 29th, 2017 that his childhood household was ruled by money and alcohol, both of which had a stronger hold on his parents than God did. He went on to describe the impact of something his father once told him:

“If you don’t learn to drink, people aren’t going to trust you.”

This resonated with Tony more than his father probably realized, as he began drinking alcohol at 15. Shortly after, his 30-year long career in drinking began.

Tony continued to describe in this service that, from that point forward, he followed a similar path as his father. He led a life ruled by money, the pursuit of success, and the frequent consumption of alcohol.

The Turning Point

Tony has openly admitted that his mindset as an alcoholic was like that of any other: one of heightened ego and an even higher insecurity to drive it. It was because of alcohol that he was able to get through each day. It was because of alcohol that he was able to have fun and relax. And it wasn’t until alcohol nearly killed him that Tony was able to realize that alcohol didn’t have to rule his life.

Rehab and Finding God

Tony Foster’s story 4During his November 29th church service, Tony points out something very important that people in recovery tend to learn the hard way: not everyone responds to treatment the same way. In his case, Tony had no problem admitting that he was what many would call a “problem patient.” This was due in part because, when Tony started rehab in 2002, he did so because it’s what his family wanted— not what he wanted. It wasn’t until he came close to death in a six-week long relapse that he finally realized that being ruled by alcohol was no way to truly live. From that point on, Tony turned to God for the strength to recover and willingly went to rehab. Once he did, he found a method of treatment that worked for him: toothbrush therapy.

Toothbrush Therapy

This form of addiction therapy, as Tony had described it, is one that focuses on recovery one day at a time. Toothbrush therapy is based on positivity, self-reflection and the reinforcement of good habits over bad ones. For those like Tony who turn to God for strength in their recovery, toothbrush therapy is an effective method of counting your blessings during rehab. During his own recovery, Tony was able to do this through composing daily gratitude lists, praying every morning and every night, and building a relationship with God. Today, Tony has been sober for fifteen years and even now continues these habits every day.

Dedication to Helping Others

I know right from wrong, but will I make the choice?Tony initially earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. After facing his own struggles with alcoholism and finding his faith, he went on to earn his Master’s of Science in Rehab Counseling and Mental Health at Florida Atlantic University in 2010. Five years after that, Tony received his Ph. D., also from FAU.

With these tools at his disposal, Tony forged a path for himself in the addiction treatment field, acting as a therapist and certified addiction professional before becoming the Chief Operations Officer at The Treatment Center in 2015. Today, Tony oversees the operations and development of TTC’s Road to Freedom addiction treatment program. He assists those in need who are struggling with both addiction and faith.

Tony Foster’s Story: Making the Right Choice

In any given situation, knowing right from wrong isn’t enough to make the right choice. When it comes to addiction, making the right choice goes beyond the decision to go to rehab; it’s something that you have to do every day in order to be truly free from addiction. Making the right choice in recovery can be as small as getting out of bed in the morning or as big as building a continued relationship with God. At Road to Freedom, people like Tony can help you on your journey to sobriety by helping you find a treatment plan that works for you. The best treatment plan will help you make the right choices going forward— for God, for your loved ones, and for yourself.

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One Response to “Tony Foster’s Story: Are You Willing to Make the Right Choice?”

  1. Sharon says:

    I am 66 years old. I have been a Christian since 1978. I began my recovery in 1981, after finding the man that I loved dead from what the toxicology report described as “mixed drug poisoning” — heroin and ethanol alcohol.

    There is a very long story about the 10 years I spent with Donald. I have relapsed several times since 1981 (age 29). And I have been in long-term treatment (detox and inpatient rehab and halfway house for a total of 8 months in 1985). In 2000 detox and inpatient rehab for 2 months, and in 2009, detox and outpatient treatment for 3 months.

    I have been treated for depression for years and finally diagnosed with ADD a few years ago. I have been diagnosed with untreated PTSD and untreated complex grief syndrome. I also have several severe autoimmune diseases and have chronic pain. I have had to retire from my job due to the stress of my emotional and physical pain.

    The noise in my head is incessant and I pick up (always pills first) and then alcohol. I have tried staying sober and clean with AA, but as a follower of Christ, I get to a point where I can no longer stay in AA. The world today talks about everybody should be able to be their “authentic” self. However, I believe that this has become a code word for us to be able to do what we want to do without any “intellectual” honesty about what the Scriptures tell us.

    I know that I am still a child of God. His unmerited mercy and grace towards me and not my works keep Him loving me. My Father continues to discipline and chasten me, and I am in some very difficult circumstances both personally and legally. I know He is not punishing me (although it feels like it) because my sweet and holy Savior took the punishment and condemnation for all my sins when God the Father laid them upon Him on the cross — that most evil means of torture — crucifixion.

    I am visiting in Florida, as I am looking to retire here. And this is a medical decision, as one of the autoimmune diseases I have is a blood disease which does not tolerate temperatures of 50 degrees or less.

    Florida is filled with a 100 fold more Christian-based TV programming, and it was from watching one of these Christian TV broadcasts that I heard about your ministry.

    New York is paltry with anything to do with true Christian treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction, and the attendant mental and physical illnesses that are for many a huge part of the problem.

    I had been a member of the same congregation in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) from 1982 to 2016.
    Our sister denomination is The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). These are Reformed Faith denominations.

    I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an MBA in Finance. My continued relapses over these past 37 years have not let me reach my dreams of childhood, nor allowed me to do the work Christ has for me to do. However, I know the reason I am still alive is that Christ still has work for me to do (as my life is filled with the death of loved ones both family and friends from drugs and alcohol).

    Is there any way you can help me? Do you have to be a Florida resident to be able to participate in your programs? Where you list the insurance companies with which you work, I don’t see Medicare as an option. I would have been covered under my Aetna Plan, but I have just retired and am in the middle of working with our HUMAN RESOURCE Dept. on all of my pension and medical benefits. Medicare will be my primary provider with my employer (New York Life Insurance) picking up the remaining usually 20% with Aetna as the secondary insurer.

    I truly apologize for writing such a long note. I am just so sad that I am once again in the clutches of death with the incessant noise still in my head. “BE STILL AND KNOW T THAT I AM GOD.” I’m a senior citizen who has struggled since age 29 to stay clean and sober, to walk humbly with her God and to stay in His will. But I continue to fail.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    With love in The Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world,

    Sharon

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