My name is Shawndra and my sobriety date is July 14, 2009.
Stepping on the grounds of Pathways was the happiest day of my life. I stood there looking up at the sky knowing there was a Higher Power saving my soul. The light was shining on me that day and has been ever since. I took the 28 day treatment program by storm. I had to find out what was wrong with me and why I had been drinking so much.
Pathways has given me the toolkit to use to live by on a daily basis. The 12 steps have given me a program of recovery that I live by every day. My life has changed for the better. I can live a useful, effective, normal life. I can fit into society now.
For me, recovery is about building a relationship with my Higher Power, working the 12 steps on a daily basis, going to meetings, the Fellowship and doing service (giving back what God has freely given me). I am truly grateful for Pathways and my new sober life. Life has given me new meaning, a new purpose. It’s given me HOPE!
One Day at a Time!
When I came to Pathways, I had no idea that the experience would change my life in such a positive way. I learned to have hope, was given the tools on how to live life one day at a time and I blossomed into the person I knew I always could be. I am so grateful to have benefitted from the programs Pathways offered me as I continue my sober journey.
I went to treatment elsewhere and relapsed after five years because I stopped working the program and using what I’d been taught. This time, I went to Pathways and have my life back on track. The after care program is really helping me stay focused on my recovery. I know, because I have experienced, how good life can be and I won’t let anything get in the way this time. I’m so grateful for this great program.
My life read like a county song before I went to Pathways. I had a great job, wife, family, but then my drinking got in the way. Piece by piece, things began to crumble. It took my wife leaving with our children before I accepted that I may need help. The staff helped me address some of the issues from my past that led me to drinking. It’s taken a couple of years, but things are getting back to normal. Better than normal because I cope with issues rather than grabbing a beer and ignoring their existence. I have healthy relationships with my wife and kids and that means the world to me.
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