I never imagined I would become an addict at the age of 40. I had worked for a Methadone clinic for 16 years, and thought this could never be me. I was an active Girl Scout Troop Leader for 8 years and a room mother through my daughter's elementary school years. I was just a "normal person." Growing up, my daughter did not have an addict for a mother. I was very successful in my career. Then, my husband died unexpectedly, and my life began to spiral out of control. Three months after the death of my husband, my sister was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. The cancer spread to her brain and bones. I took off work to be able to spend every day with her. We're thirteen years apart and growing up we weren't very close, this time allowed us to catch up for all of the time we missed when we were younger. She passed away six months later.
When my sister passed away, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She was my best friend. I was overwhelmed. I didn't want to think about the future without my Mom. I tried a little cocaine. It worked. First I did it on weekends, then weekdays, then every day. My use escalated into spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. I came pretty close to losing my home - the one my grandmother built in 1939. I was tired of using, but I couldn't quit.
Then one day, my daughter came over. I didn't want to let her in, so she took the door off the hinges and came in any way. She told me I needed help, and if I didn't get it, she and all my family would be gone. After detox, I came to Alpha Home's Outpatient treatment, with Shanna as my counselor. She saved my life. Two years into recovery, my daughter gave birth to twins, Brooklyn and London. When London was 8 months old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. London passed away at the tender age of 15 months old. I was able to stay sober during one of the most difficult times in my life because of the recovery tools I learned at Alpha Home. I was able to fully be there for my daughter and grandchildren, in mind, body and spirit.
Today, I am a House Manager at Alpha Home. I feel compelled to work here because I want to help other women like I had been helped. I want sobriety for all the women who come through Alpha Home. This past May, I celebrated six wonderful years of being clean and sober.
Alpha Home saved my life!
Come enjoy a special evening of food, drinks, music and dancing on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 to celebrate Alpha Home. Live performance by Johnny Bush.
For more information call 210-735-3822 ext 108 or email email@example.com.
Where & When
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
318 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, Texas 78205
October 13, 2015
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Rena Pederson, an award-winning journalist and author, will be Alpha Home's featured speaker on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The Alpha Home Alumnae Association presents, Stars of Hope, its 8th Annual Reunion. This event is open to Alumnae and all friends of the recovery community. Come dressed in your Hollywood best and light up the night at this star studded event. There will be dinner, live music, karaoke, dancing and fun.
The Alumnae Association will be collecting school supplies for the annual school supply drive. Supplies for all grades are welcomed! For more information contact 210-735-3822 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where & When
419 E. Magnolia Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78212
August 8th, 2015
4:30PM - 9:30PM