One of our most recent graduates came to TWCC nine months ago. Her mother had rewarded her with a narcotic for doing dishes and watching younger siblings when she was nine years of age. She progressed through life choosing her own drug of choice which eventually became meth. She not only used meth, she also cooked meth and gained a reputation as one of the best cooks in her county. During this time she had three daughters.
By the time she came to TWCC her children had been removed, she had made the front page of the newspaper for a raid on her meth lab and was facing a prison term. She was accepted by drug court and chose TWCC as her hope for change.
During her time with us, she worked hard to allow herself to remember and understand the effect trauma had played in her life as well as the damage the extensive drug use had caused her mentally and physically.
Eventually she began the healing process. She has experienced the first nine months of sobriety since she was nine years old. Her three daughters have been returned to her. She has had her criminal consequences exonerated by her successful completion of drug court. She has purchased a van, rented a house and plans to return to school in the near future. She will participate in Outpatient Counseling at TWCC as well as participate in 12 Step Meetings with her sponsor.
Letter from a Client:
To: Ms Patty
I feel appreciative, moved, thankful, touched, delighted, loving, optimistic, trusting, empowered, proud, confident, and restored when I see the tremendous changes that fit my recovery.
When I first came, rules were rules. Then rules became guidelines. Now guidelines are relationships. I am empowered by the trust to shop at Wal-Mart at Level Two instead of Level Three. I am delighted to be treated as an individual by others that appreciate my willingness to have input or feedback to circumstances or accommodations to fit my recovery. I am amazed by the level of trust to receive privileges which allow me to full understand that my disease is there, and I can practice handling emotional, addictive triggers with the tools taught to me at TWCC.
Because of all of these new changes to accelerate long term recovery in a short amount of time, I have more confidence in myself that I can live a sober, assertive life.
And what I want is to let everyone know how huge changes that seem small that are coming or have come to encourage our recovery for a longer term. If we only embrace the positives, the stronger we become. Erica