My name is Taylor and I was admitted into The Watershed on October 16th, 2012 at 19 years old. Upon arriving at detox, I had hit my rock bottom, claiming drugs and alcohol as my master and contemplating suicide. I knew in the back of my mind that I could not go on alone and needed help in order to recover and live a promising life. I did not know the extent to my disease until I was faced with the chance that I would have possible brain damage. Confided to a wheelchair for the first week of my detox, I soon began to see what damage I had caused to myself.
The Watershed helped me get through the death of my grandfather, who passed two days after I arrived. The therapists were so welcoming and the staff was always there to make sure I was comfortable and had a shoulder to lean on when I needed it. Though a lot of the things we do at The Watershed seemed strenuous, this being my first time in rehab, it is all a vital part of learning about this disease and how we can manage our lives and recover from a hopeless state of mind and body.
I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for the first time when I was at The Watershed and it saved my life! Through meetings brought in to The Watershed through H&I, I was introduced to wonderful women who were so willing to help me overcome past issues, character defects, resentments and how to live a life beyond my wildest dreams.
Now having two and half years clean, I never would have thought that a life beyond my wildest dreams would not be all about materialistic things. Has it been hard? Absolutely. Life shows up, but with the help of The Watershed, I have learned how to get through these hard times without having the thought of returning to my old life. Instead, I can help another addict or alcoholic and give to them what was so freely given to me.
Today, I am able to be a great friend, daughter, sister and most importantly, a wonderful Mother. Having a child in sobriety is the biggest blessing of all because they do not have to ever see their mother living their life not sober. Out of all these blessings I have today, one that I cherish the most is that I am finally comfortable in my own skin and can be a strong woman in this program.
I will forever be grateful for The Watershed!
Taylor S., Clean & Sober since 10/16/2012