VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX)- "You can start today on a new journey."
That was Todd Trenchard's charge to six new graduates of the Home of Grace addiction treatment facility. Only a few years ago, Trenchard followed in the same path. He celebrates ten years of sobriety this week, and reflects on the lowest time of his life. For Trenchard, the difference between then and now is like night and day.
"The last thing that goes is hope," Trenchard said. "And when you don't have any hope that anything's going to ever change, what is the point of going on?"
That was exactly Trenchard's mindset when he entered the Home of Grace.
"I didn't come here to get sober; I came here to die," Trenchard said.
But somehow, he chose to live. And he's been inspiring people like him ever since.
"I often say that it's a movie script that you can't write," Trenchard said. "You had to live it."
Since then, he's become a successful businessman, active in his community, and he's never stopped giving back. He stays closely involved with Home of Grace and has even started his own three quarter house, called Trinity House, where three of today's graduates are headed.
"I think it's the reason that I'm sober today," he said. "I think giving back to the Home of Grace, starting Trinity House, I think spending that much time with recovering people is why I'm able to celebrate ten years today."
Because to him 10 years sober means 10 years of building hope for the future.