I was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. I had the privilege of becoming a resident at FOCUS On Recovery in the summer of 2010. Most of my adult life was centered around drugs and alcohol. In 2002, I became a Licensed Practical Nurse. Shortly after, my appetite for partying and drug usage heightened because of the increase in salary and my new found friends. I graduated from doing drugs on occasion to every day usage. My life was out of control. I was basically unemployable. I had a job, but I was incapacitated and counterproductive due to addiction. When I got to FOCUS in August 2010, I was empty, angry, and bitter. FOCUS taught me that it wasn’t so much the drugs and alcohol. They were mere symptoms of a bigger problem. I had a problem with living life on life terms. While at FOCUS, I learned conflict resolution. I was given a safe environment to grow in. Today, I am accountable for my actions. I learned at FOCUS that a defensive attitude is a road block to success. I talk less and listen more now. I’ve been gainfully employed at Princeton Baptist Medical Center for 1 ½ years in dietary service. I take pride in my life now and I strive to do my very best at every thing I do. I am grateful to FOCUS On Recovery for helping me gain my life back! FOCUS offers a stable environment for growth, pounds of tough love therapy and hope for the future. FOCUS taught me how to develop meaningful relationships with other women and for that I am truly grateful. My life has changed for the better in so many ways due to my stay at FOCUS On Recovery. I lost a total of 50lbs since leaving FOCUS. I contribute my weight loss success to everything I learned at FOCUS. I recommend FOCUS On Recovery to any female that is truly serious about changing her life. FOCUS certainly changed mine.
When I got to FOCUS, the board of Nursing had my license in suspension status. By meeting the requirements of this program and staying clean and sober one day at a time, I was able to get my license back. I am currently looking for a nursing job but I am not anxious or worried about getting one because I learned while at FOCUS, that miracles do come true.