Before coming to The Healing Place, I was homeless and living on the streets. I didn't think that I really had a problem with drugs and alcohol. I thought that I was just using that stuff to treat my depression. I was full of anger and fear and I thought the world was a miserable place. I was pretty much just waiting to die. I was walking down Market Street one night and I asked a guy for a cigarette. He gave me one and asked me if I had anywhere to stay that night. I told him no, so he radioed the overnight staff at The Healing Place and they gave me a mat on the floor. In the care of those men, I felt safer than I had in years.
While at The Healing Place, I learned that I have a spiritual malady. I learned how to cope with anxiety and depression. I learned about the disease of alcoholism and why I abuse substances. Then I learned how to behave differently. I learned how to accept help and I learned how to help others face the same problems that I struggled with all of my life. I learned how to be happy and how to trust again. Most importantly, I learned how to love myself and others -- and I'm not afraid to show it! I am forever grateful to The Healing Place because without this place I would not have been able to learn the importance of spirituality or how to embrace it.I am grateful for the selfless and dedicated efforts of the people that serve and work at The Healing Place because I would not have ever come across a positive example that I could relate to without them.
Posted on September 26, 2014
by Marla Highbaugh