Stanford Sullen was raised in the inner city of New Orleans. At a very young age, he found himself on the “other side of the tracks”…making bad choices, hanging out with the wrong people, and frequenting the wrong places. He enjoyed the fast life which eventually took him down the road of self-destruction. He was no exception to the rule, he experienced much of what every drug addict experiences…unemployment, homelessness, broken relationships, depression, pain, and incarceration.
After losing everything, including his family/friends, job, and home, he finally hit “rock bottom”. With no one else to turn to and after 25+ years of living as an addict, Stanford surrender to God’s will. He voluntarily admitted himself into The Extension, a licensed, long-term residential recovery program. While there, he learned to embrace spiritual principles, to live life and become responsible and accountable and to change his attitude, behaviors and actions.
Stanford believes his experiences as an addict and his recovery process is a testimony that must be shared with others struggling with the disease of addiction. He is an active member of the Extension Alumni Association through which he serves as a sponsor to and conduct weekly house meeting for other Extension residents. By example, it is Stanford’s desire to convey to the residents that it is possible for former addicts to live productive, drug free lives. Through his affiliation with the George W. Hartmann Center, Stanford devotes several hours a week mentoring adolescents (ages 13-17) who struggle with substance abuse. He also serves as a mentor for Operation Snatch Back which affords him the opportunity to deposit hope into the lives of those that are a part of the organization’s affiliates.
Stanford recognizes that he could not have turned his life around on his own and that to do so required much work on his part. He hopes that his testimony will have an impact on at least one other person to turn his/her life around and live happy, joyous, and free.