Dark is a good word to describe my life before I came to WRA. I didn’t care who I hurt or what I did. I didn’t care about anything it was a very lonely feeling. The only thing I cared about and wanted was the drugs, my next fix. That’s the reason why I got up out of bed in the mornings.
When I first came to WRA it was miserable, you don’t realize what you have until you lose it. After being here and getting to know all the staff I realized that this was an opportunity to change my life and that they really cared about me. That’s when I decided to work at my program. I learned a lot about myself, who I was at the core and all the other things that were playing into my life. I was able to take a step back at look at things and evaluate myself. I saw that I had strengths that I didn’t realize that I had and also what my faults were and where I needed to make changes. I grew in self- esteem knowing I was worth something. My family life was better and I learned how to communicate with them. I made some of the best friends while being here their like sisters to me. I graduated in 2009 and am in the college nursing program working towards becoming an RN. I knew that my goal in life was to help people after coming here. I know that I was given a second chance and I want to make a difference in someone else’s life.
My advice to someone coming into the program is to hang in there. There will be good and bad days but in the end it was the best
experience of my life. It changed and literally saved my life.