Hope in Early Recovery

sanctuary hopeGetting sober has been one of the hardest things that I have ever done. When I got to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, I was completely hopeless. I was told in the rooms that I could accept a spiritual way of life or die an alcoholic death, and since drinking was all I had ever known, that seemed to be the easier route. That’s why going to a recovery residence was so important to me. I found hope, when I had had none.

I was absolutely against going to a halfway house when I got out of treatment, but I changed my mind and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Once I got to my recovery residence, I found that there were women that felt and had been through exactly the same things as I had, and they were sober and happy. I encountered staff members that were eager to help us newly sober women, and I met alumni of the recovery residence that had put years of sobriety together and were enthusiastic about coming back to share some of their experience, strength and hope with us. I needed to know that I was not alone on this journey, and that there were others that had found a way to live without drinking or drugging. I am forever indebted to the women that gave me hope at that recovery residence, and I am forever grateful.

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