This is the story about the journey of a 51-year-old woman and her road to recovery from a world of addiction. The patient began using alcohol at the age of 17, and for the next 34 years, her drug use included cocaine/crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methadone, and benzodiazepine. She described her life during those years as incarceration, isolation, dereliction, hopelessness, homelessness, and the inability to care for herself properly. The patient’s admission to our program gave her the time needed to consider finding a new way to live without suffering from withdrawal. She remained in the medication-assisted treatment program for 3+ years. After six months of drug-free, she went back to school. She received an Associate Degree in Business, Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, and finally a Master Degree of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. Now she works to help other people recover from their addiction. After completing her education, she worked for five years as a therapist and now works as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
“As a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and celebrating 14 years of recovery, I enjoy giving others that same opportunity to change their lives along with finding a new way to live.”