Since I’ve been in recovery, I have been through good times, as well as hard times. In the past two years, I’ve learned that recovery doesn’t take away the “bad days” – it just gives you the willingness and courage to face them and not resort back to old habits that’ll make things worse. At the end of the day, I see that what situations I call “bad” are just learning experiences and I can find peace in that, which is something I could never comprehend before recovery. I’ve faced a lot of fears I never thought I could. I’ve been learning more about myself every day. Since I’ve been in recovery, I have been thriving and gained so much non-materialistic things that I am so grateful for.
What brought me to The Healing Place I believe was my higher power, along with my last binge. It was my second attempt in one week to pick my son up from daycare during a 5pm black out drunk. This time, the police were called but by the grace of God, I wasn’t arrested. After seeing my meltdown at the daycare and later that night, a friend at the time dropped me off to detox. The universe had a spot for me the next morning in bed 14 in detox at The Healing Place. Everything worked out perfectly in an imperfect chaotic situation.
The Healing Place gave me an opportunity of a lifetime, to really be able to sit down and work on me. From my spirituality to my self-esteem. I was able to learn about myself in a safe environment and with a huge support group to help me along the way. I know some people can do outpatient. Some can do 30 days inpatient. But I needed more time and less outside distractions. I knew if I was to get custody back of my son any sooner than I did (More than a year after I arrived at The Healing Place), or start working and being concerned about bills and housing during my process, I was sure to have gone back to my old ways of thinking and end up losing my sobriety date as well as the internal and external gifts that came with it. A new life. It wasn’t until I completed the 12 steps, worked in the office as a peer mentor, and stayed within the safe walls of The Healing Place before everything outside started falling into place. It’s a blessing to have a facility like The Healing Place – a place to set a sturdy foundation in recovery for people like myself who are willing to do whatever is suggested of you, one day at a time. Sometimes one minute at a time. The Healing Place helped me begin my new life.
Since I’ve been in recovery, I have found inner peace and happiness. I found a way to deal with life’s ups and downs without having to use drugs or alcohol.
Around 15 years of drug abuse and tough love brought me to The Healing Place. In July 2012, I stood at my sister’s door begging for a meal and a shower and my brother-in-law dropped me off at detox. It took three tries for me to finally get out of my own way and complete the program. A sense of belonging and understanding brought me back the other two times. I knew The Healing Place had some answers that I desperately needed.
The Healing Place showed me how to live a sober life, but it gave me so much more than that. At The Healing Place, I learned how to be a man. It gave me confidence to take on responsibilities that I had ran from my entire life. The friendships I made there are the most rewarding ones I have ever had. It continues to give me a place that I can go back to and try to reach a hand out to someone who is starting out on the same path that I trudged down not so long ago.
Since I’ve been in recovery, I have gained a family that is bonded together with love and compassion. I have learned a measure of self-worth that wasn’t imaginable. Before I walked through the doors of detox at The Healing Place, my life was empty and void of any meaning.
Before I came to The Healing Place, I had become the person I hated the most. In a sense I had lost myself. I could look in the mirror and not recognize the person staring back at me. I had sunk so low that I thought there was no hope for me to continue.
The Healing Place not only gave me a place to sit down and focus on myself, it taught me the steps of recovery that help me maintain my life today even in the face of a never-ending battle with addiction. The people I surround myself with, and those who I call my family, are people I have met through The Healing Place. The Healing Place gave me the overabundance of love and joy the I have in my life today.
My life is tough a times, but since completing The Healing Place, I have a purpose. And that purpose brings love and joy to my life.
My name is Audrey and I am a recovering alcoholic. My sobriety date is March 3, 2014 and for that gift I am truly grateful.
My journey at The Healing Place began on July 8, 2012 when my son found me drunk on our boat in Indiana. My family had not heard from me in several days and they were frantic with worry. I know only too well how devastating this disease can be to an individual as well as to the entire family. My son informed me that they’d had enough and that I needed to go into treatment if I wanted them to continue to be a part of my life. Ultimately, The Healing Place saved my life in so many ways. They took me in, fed me, clothed me, and taught me a new way to live, and for those gifts, I am eternally grateful.
Since I have been in recovery I continue to do the things that The Healing Place and Alcoholics Anonymous taught me to do by attending meetings, sponsoring other women, facilitating classes, chairing meetings, and doing whatever is asked of me. As an employee of Humana, I was humbled to receive the company’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2015 and The Healing Place’s female Alumni of the Year in 2016. Amazing things continue to happen in my life since I surrendered. Since receiving the gift of sobriety, I have able to participate in my son’s wedding, watch, play, nurture, and love my three grandchildren (my fourth is due in March!), and support my family and friends when life shows up for them, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This has been such an incredible journey. I have learned so much about me and I would not change any part of my past because it has molded me into the person I am today. I am continually amazed how I can handle situations that use to spin my life out of control and baffle me with grace and ease. I can give back to my community and others, without looking for something in return. I can face my fears head on, encourage others, be a great employee, friend, daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. I can look the world in the eye and find gratitude just for waking up clean and sober for another day. The greatest gift of sobriety is that I have learned to love myself therefore I can now love you. My glass is always half full and I choose to be happy instead of being right.
Since I’ve been in recovery, I’ve learned to live life day by day without the use of drugs. I’ve learned how to be a husband and a father. I’ve learned how to be a good employee and a productive member of society.
My drug use caused me to lose everything – my family, my friends, and everything I owned. I was lost and alone.
The Healing Place provided me with time to heal and taught me how to live again. While at The Healing Place, I learned balance and structure. I was gifted with sobriety and the true bonds of friendship. I am grateful for The Healing Place.
Since I’ve been in recovery, I have discovered a new and improved me. I learn more about myself every day.
After years of self-destruction, I finally hit my bottom in 2014. Sitting in a psychiatric ward after a failed attempt at taking my own life, I no longer recognized the person I had become. I was lost and completely broken.
While at the hospital, I had to attend a mandatory AA meeting. Two men from The Healing Place came to share their story. It was like they were telling my story. The more they spoke, the less alone I felt. All my drug use was done in secret, but something came over me that night to share some of my demons with these strangers. Two days later I was at The Healing Place with just enough hope to walk through the doors.
The Healing Place changed my life. While at The Healing Place, I learned what it means to really live. I learned how to stop being a victim and to take accountability for my life and my actions. I learned patience, love and tolerance. I am a spiritual person today. Most importantly, I learned what self-worth is. I walk with my head held high, no longer ashamed of my mistakes. My past, and all my experiences – good and bad – make me who I am. I will forever be in debt to the staff and clients of The Healing Place.
Since I’ve been in recovery, I have peace of mind that allows me to go to sleep with a clear mind and wake up happy. I don’t have to keep up with all my lies. My momma doesn’t lose sleep over me.
The Healing Place, as they say, was the last house on the block for me. I had nowhere else to go or anyone to turn to. I had burned every bridge and hurt everyone that cared about me. I wanted help. The Healing Place loved me until I learned to love myself. They showed me life could be good and I could be happy. I now work full-time for The Healing Place’s campus in Campbellsville, I have healthy relationships, and I am trustworthy today. I am eternally grateful for The Healing Place. The Healing Place saved my life!
Since I’ve been in recovery, I have found a new way to live. I have learned that drugs and alcohol were only a symptom of my actual problem. It was the way I was seeing the world that was keeping me sick. Practicing spiritual principles has become invaluable to me. Honesty, open mindedness, and willingness are essential to my new way of life. These principles have allowed me to see the world in a whole new light with a serenity that before recovery, I could never have dreamed of. I now believe that the main thing that will keep me from the truth, is to think that I already have it!
I struggled with an opioid addiction for many years. It started with prescription painkillers that I slowly began to abuse but as my addiction progressed, I moved to street drugs. I tried every way that I knew to overcome my problems, to no avail. Through concerned friends and family I heard about The Healing Place. When I had finally been “beat into a state of reasonableness” I made the decision to seek help.
The Healing Place saved me from myself. It introduced me to Alcoholics Anonymous for my drug and alcohol addiction, as well as a safe, loving, and structured environment to help me with self-discipline and everyday living responsibilities that had fallen by the wayside during the years of my active addiction. For me, those things in tandem were pivotal in my recovery process. Showing up at The Healing Place was the best decision I have ever made.
Since I’ve been in recovery, I have grown up. I was 26 when I came to The Healing Place and I didn’t have a lot of life skills. I wasn’t employable, teachable, or responsible. Before The Healing Place I had flashes of these attributes but it wasn’t something that I based my life on.
I came to The Healing Place when I had nowhere else to go. I lived in Virginia so I was 500 miles away from home and everything I had was in a half of a duffle bag. I didn’t know where my next meal or bed was going to come from. I had been living on the streets for two weeks. The Healing Place was truly the last house on the block.
The Healing Place taught me a new way to live and made me the man I am today. I’m now able to be a son, grandson, employee, friend, and coworker. I have also been blessed to become a father. My daughter doesn’t ever have to know the man I was before I came to The Healing Place.
Since I’ve been in recovery, I have been able to grow into the woman that I was always intended to be. I am able to continue with my recovery while furthering my education, staying on track with my career, and bringing value to my community. The most important thing I have accomplished since beginning my journey into long-term recovery is that I am now a mother to my two daughters. I am present and consistent in their lives and in the lives of my family.
The Department of Corrections brought me to The Healing Place’s Women’s Campus in 2012. I couldn’t stay out of jail and even landing behind bars began to be a relief at times. I remember exactly how I felt the day I walked in the door at 15th and Hill. I was in tears because I knew, good or bad, that my life was never going to be the same… and it wasn’t.
I believe that The Healing Place gives everyone who comes into this program their own individual gifts. The greatest gift I received was my integrity. I never knew what that word really meant until my time at The Healing Place. I am able to be honest and stand for what I believe is right or good in the world without bending or breaking to please others. I get to walk in the sunlight of the spirit and be a reflection of that light so that others may find their way too.