Wayside House, Inc.
I came to Wayside a broken woman, with no apparent hope that I could overcome my drug addiction. After my son was seriously injured, and became a quadraplegic, I turned to drugs and alcohol to dull the emotional pain. In a very short time, I was addicted to crack cocaine and would do just about anything to get my drug. One day it just became too much and I asked for help. I was placed at Wayside House, Inc. for a 90 day treatment program. I had never been to treatment before, so I was unsure what to expect. My first impression was that of gratitudefor the way I was treated by the staff. I was treated with dignity and respect, two things I didn't feel I even deserved. I met my counselor, who explained to me that we would not just treat my addiction but the circumstances that led me to it. I had become a shell of a person due to my addiction, I had no emotions and really no feelings whatsoever. But as soon as we started my counseling sessions and dug into what really affected me, whether it was 10 days or 10 years ago, I began to think that maybe there was hope. The 90 days I spent at Wayside were the most enlightening of my life. I was given tools so that I can handle life's ups and downs, no matter how tragic, without drugs or alcohol. Today I am sober 15 months and living and loving life. I am still active in the Wayside programs such as alumni committee, recovery groups, etc. Quite simply, Wayside saved my life and I am grateful forever to all the staff. And I know, even today, that they are there for me should I struggle. It's an awesome program and a godsend for those of us who truly believed there was no hope.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the results are in myself, that I am able to handle life "on life's terms" without drugs and alcohol. I have mentored peers who have gone thru the program with the same results - we walk out sober women with all our tools of recovery to remain sober.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
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