Once upon a time, there was a young man named Luis from France. Luis had a drinking problem, he lost his job, so he didn’t do well financially. Luis’s dream was to move to America, get treatment for his alcoholism, and pursue the American dream.  His dream came true when he applied and won the Green Card Lottery and moved to the United States for a better life.

After Luis arrived in the United States, he found a job at a fast-food restaurant during the day, and attended night school and took English as a Second Language classes to improve his English.  He wanted to stop drinking alcohol like he used to in France, so he kept as busy as he could. While Luis was working and going to school, he tried not to drink, but he found it hard to resist the temptation of alcohol. 

One day, Luis had a bad day at work.  He felt he couldn’t take it anymore, and decided to go home.  As he walked back to his apartment, Luis began to feel very depressed.  He walked by a grocery store, and went inside.  In the back room, Luis saw a bunch of bottles of cheap wine.  The wine reminded him of the wine that he used to drink in France.  He bought a bottle, and drank it all in the parking lot. He wanted to go back to the grocery store and buy more wine. Luis realized that, he didn’t care about the consequences of drinking.  This was something that he did when he was drinking in France. Luis realized that he had a problem that he couldn’t fix on his own. Luis decided that he needed help to stop drinking alcohol. So, he called the Alcohol and Drug Help Line, to see what their services were like. After talking to a counselor on the phone, he learned about Alcoholics Anonymous. 

He decided to go to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Luis found a local AA meeting in his neighborhood, and began attending the meetings once a week. He learned about the 12 steps to recovery from alcoholism, and began doing what the AA members told him to do. He kept going to meetings, and making himself accountable for his actions. He knew he had a problem, and he made it a priority to take care of himself.

At first, it was hard to quit drinking. He would have a few drinks, and it would be very tempting to drink alcohol. Yet, he was determined to quit drinking alcohol. He still had his bad days where he drank too much alcohol, but it was getting less frequent, and less intense. His dreams of America were still there, but he no longer felt as hopeless as he did when he arrived in the United States.  Luis decided that he wanted to make a commitment to not drink any alcohol.  He started attending AA meetings every day, and keeping up with his daily spiritual exercise.

After a while, Luis stopped drinking alcohol, and felt like he had control over his life again. He began to realize that he could stop drinking whenever he wanted.  He no longer depended on the alcohol to feel good. Luis knew that he needed to live a sober life, and do everything in his power to help himself stay sober. He knew that he had a problem, and he didn’t want to live that way anymore. He also learned about the benefits of going to the meetings, and how it could help him in other areas of his life.

Luis continued going to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings regularly, and he felt better than he had felt in years. His family was proud of him, because he was finally taking care of himself. When Luis’s family asked him what he was doing at the meetings, he told them about AA. The family was surprised that he was able to stop drinking. 

When he was sober for a while, Luis started to think about what he would like to do professionally. He wanted to help people, and make a difference in the lives of other people. He was thinking about getting a certificate as a nursing assistant. He heard about this free certificate program from his evening English as a Second Language teacher, Maestro Sersea. Maestro Sersea worked for North Orange Community Education, part of North Orange County Community College District in Anaheim, California. So, Luis went to the Anaheim Campus of North Orange Community College District and registered to be part of the Nursing Assistant Program there. 

The program was free for all students. After completing the program, Luis would get his certificate as a nursing assistant. His goal was to complete the program and get his certificate.

The program taught him how to care for patients, and gave him the knowledge and skills he needed to work in a hospital. He learned how to administer medication to a patient, and gave them fluids. He also learned the difference between a healthy person and a sick person. He was also taught how to take a patient’s vital signs, and check their temperature. He learned the difference between a normal temperature, and a fever. He was told that a normal body temperature is usually between 97 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. A person who has a fever usually has a temperature of 102 or higher. 

Luis completed the Nursing Assistant Program at the Anaheim Campus. He got his certificate at the graduation ceremony. When he got his certificate, he realized how far he had come. He felt that he was ready to make a difference in other people’s lives. He felt like he could make a difference in other people’s lives by helping them with their pain or emotional problems. He also wanted to be able to take care of his family in the future. He didn’t want them to have to worry about his drinking. He wanted to live the life he wanted, not just the one he had been living. His dream of being a nurse and helping people with their emotional problems had been fulfilled.

Luis applied for a job as a Nursing Assistant for different hospitals in Orange County, California.  He hoped he would find a good hospital where he could help patients and make a difference in their lives.  He went to several job interviews and was accepted by several hospitals including Saint Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, as well as Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. He picked Hoag Hospital and started working there.

He was excited to start working and helping people.  Luis wanted to be part of the team that helped the patients get better. He wanted to see them happy and healthy again. He felt that if he could help the patients, he would be making a difference in their lives.

He would be helping them to have a better life, and not have to struggle with pain or emotional problems like he had struggled with himself.

At first, he was assigned to work with an older patient who had been in and out of hospitals because he was having trouble with his heart.  This man had been going to different hospitals, but he never got the right care for his problem. He had been in and out of hospitals many times, and doctors had been unable to help him.  Luis wanted to help this man and make sure that he got the right treatment for his heart condition.  He wanted him to be able to live a better life, so he would be able to enjoy life again. Luis knew that if he could make a difference in this man’s life, it would be a good feeling.

He was very excited to work at Hoag Hospital.  Luis took his job as a Nursing Assistant seriously. He worked hard to learn the patients’ medical conditions, and how to best help them.

He was very motivated and dedicated to his work at Hoag Hospital. He did a good job helping the patients and made a difference in their lives. He was proud of himself for getting this certificate. Luis’s mother was happy when he got the job at Hoag Hospital. She felt that he was going to be able to live the life he wanted. She told him to enjoy it and stay sober. 

Luis also wanted to be able to live a successful life. Luis felt that the job he was doing at Hoag Hospital was a better job than the one he had had at the fast food restaurant he had when he first moved to the United States of America. It was a job where he could make a difference in other people’s lives. It was a job where he could do something to make their lives better.  Luis had always thought that if he could help other people, he could help himself. His goal was to be healthy and be around for his family. If he could get better, he could live a healthier and happier life, and have a better chance of making his life better. Luis worked at Hoag Hospital until he retired, 20 years later. He loved the work that he was doing, and he felt like he was making a difference in the patients’ lives. He was helping people who needed help, and he felt good about it. He wanted to help as many people as he could.

Although Luis had a rough start in the United States of America, he eventually got a better life. By focusing on his education and his health, he was able to beat his problem with alcoholism and became sober for life. He became a successful professional and his family back in France was very proud of him. Luis was able to work for Hoag Hospital for 20 years and help the patients there. He continued his education at night to become a Registered Nurse.  He is very happy with what he has achieved in his life. Luis is proud of himself for becoming a successful person.

English Learners, what did you think of this story? What did you like, and what did you want to be different? How would you continue this story? Add your insights in the comments section below.

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4 thoughts on “Louis’ Road to Recovery and Professional Success in the USA: Creative Stories #5”
  1. Hello our dear English teacher!
    what I think of this story, it is a good lesson for people who could not control themselves. I like the way Louis became a man who can help others and make a difference, and how his mother is very proud of him.
    I would continue the story by making him to came back in his family and tells them how he changed and help others not only in USA by also in his county.
    Thank you

  2. Hello , hind from Iraq ,
    Louis road to recovery and professional success in the USA
    Human have positive and negative energy ,so it developed positivity and gets rid of negativity while every human must know the s strength sources inside and when giving without limits that is mean reach to the goal.
    Louis story have a dream then after along struggle , the goal has been reach,
    Louis have rough start in AUS، but he didn’t despair so
    He eventually got a better life, by focusing on his education and health by begin to change to reach the goal , he was able to beat his problem with alcoholism and became sober for life by asking for help from authorized person. He became a successful profession and his family back in France was very proud of him by start of change step by step , He was able to work at hospital for 20 years and help the patience there. He continued his education at night to became a registered nurse, he is very happy what he has achieved in his life because he giving without limit
    He is proud of himself for becoming a successful persons

  3. Greetings Maestro Sersea
    Althought, the beggining was tough because of the alcholism problems, he took an important decition, letting to drink, and his determination changed the whole situation completly, when he called to the phone line alcholics anonimous, I think that this was of key importance because after that, Mr. Luis take set up goals for his life. first he decided to learn a new language, then he was to registered to a free program as a nursing assitent and he got his certificate, and finally he became in a Registered nurse. He got a job. I like the words of her mother, she told him, that he ought to enjoyed and stayed sober for life. He worked for 20 year at Hoag Hospital and just right, he is retired. Now, His life has a purpose.
    Best Regards

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