On June 23, 2013, I entered my first treatment center. I was a Licensed Practical Nurse, a mother, a daughter and an addict. At the end of the road I had lost everything, my license, nursing license, children and relationship with my family. I had worked 12 years in substance abuse nursing helping others and found myself the patient seeking help.
Through 30-day treatment, 18 months in a recovery house and my 12-step fellowship, I strengthened my resilience muscle. For me, it's like muscle memory. I had it in me all along, but recovery helped me find it.
I am today my strongest version of myself, physically, spiritually and emotionally stronger than ever. I am a mother that would make my children proud. I have returned to the medical field along with an additional certification as a peer support specialist, with more to offer my patients than I ever have.
Recovery has given me a life beyond my wildest imagination. July 19, 2017, I celebrated four years and I cannot wait to see what else lies ahead on this amazing journey. We do not just recover, we persevere and thrive.