Watershed Experience: Kristen’s Story

Hey guys,

My experience at The Watershed was tremendous. At first I always thought the staff was there to just be rude and have things go when they wanted to. At the end I realized they were doing their job and just trying to help me the best to their abilities. The Watershed saved me a lot of pain, misery and loneliness. I really thought I had nothing to lose but looking back now, I had so much to lose, I just didn’t think I would lose anything. With the whole rehab romance going on within The Watershed, keep in your lane. Getting in a romance just isn’t worth it. Most people come in because they are broke and hopeless; being in a romance just automatically sets you up for failure. This is the time to work on yourself, and yourself only. I know when I went there, I thought I was going to find my future ex-husband, but in reality, I just didn’t want to focus on myself. Being home, you realize how many people you have at The Watershed for sober support, you may not have that at home. So enjoy it while you can. Take advantage. My hope is to be better off than how I was and actually be able to do the right thing when nobody is looking. It’ll take some time but when you can actually trust yourself is the time when you know you’re changing.

Sincerely,

Kristen R. Clean & Sober since 04/19/2016

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People On Earth

I would like to write this letter to my fellow brothers and sisters struggling with addiction. But how can I help you? Maybe by telling you what’s worked for me. First and foremost you must find value in yourself. Each one of us has a divine destiny. Weather you pursue it or not is up to you. Fill your void with you, you do you. The Watershed and the wonderful staff have changed my world, for I was lost. Was this my destiny to become a drug addicted loser? No! They helped me see that individuals such as you and me, people plagued by addiction, are some of the most creative, productive, and wonderful people on this earth.

The “techs” showed me love when I had none for myself, and the therapist gave me tools to fight myself. Manny Pacquiao, one of the world’s best boxers pound for pound, has said that he is his own worst enemy. We constantly tell ourselves that we are not good enough, not smart enough, and not rich enough. It all ends when you tell yourself I’m going to do this, it all ends when failure is not even an option. We’ve all been hurt one way or another; don’t let that excuse ruin your life.

I finally starting taking suggestions from everybody else, and instead of losing myself, it’s only helped me find myself/better myself. Maybe these people are not here to hurt me, maybe these people are actually here to help actually/care about me/my wellbeing/want to see me make it. Speak it through, this is the place, how are you thinking at this moment, feeling? They are there to help you. Many people are not given this opportunity drug addicted or not.

In an ideal world, where do you see yourself in 2, 5, 10 years. What would you like to do, where would you like to be? Give yourself a goal/destiny and once you hit that plateau keep going. MLK once said if you cannot fly then run, if you cannot run then walk, and if you cannot walk then crawl. But no matter what you do just keep moving forward. For when we live our lives to the fullest not only are you helping yourselves, we are actually honoring the legacy of all those people who have impacted our lives.

P.S. Don’t let a relapse keep you down, and I strongly recommend avoiding “people, places, and things.”

Gary R.

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