Dwan Smith

Dwan Smith

DwanI 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.