A Fresh Start for Rachel
"I will be 30 tomorrow. I have lived in Delaware since I was three. I spent six and a half months in the Gateway Foundation, a long term treatment facility. I was going to move back to Dover where my son lives, but I knew I needed a completely fresh start.
I’ve been at Friendship House for five months. I lived for five weeks in Epiphany House and then moved next door to the Jane Ashford House.
I have learned so much. I’ve learned about having strong, positive relationships with women. I’ve learned that no matter what I’m going through, I don’t have to do it alone. I’ve had help with budgeting and how to responsibly spend my money. I’ve learned that I have to put myself and my recovery first, above all else.
In our groups I’ve learned about decision making, how to write a resume and job interviewing skills. I’ve learned how to manage my time. I’ve learned how to live without a drink or a drug. The support I’ve received is beyond words. My grandmother died on January 6 and my mother died on January 26; a very trying time. I don’t know where I would be without the support of the women in these houses. With our meetings, my sponsors and the help of God, I’ve been able to stay clean.
I will be clean a year tomorrow. I am learning how to live a productive, normal life."