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Jana Capello

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My name is Jana and I’m an addict.  I say this with complete comfort and freedom today, but it took some time, willingness, faith and surrender to do so.

I had a large, loving family and all my needs were met.  I was blessed with the unconditional love of my parents, grandparents and everyone around me.  I was never physically, sexually or emotionally abused.  But I always felt different from everyone else.  (read more)


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. (read more)


Christy Curvin

Cristy Curvin2I grew up in an alcoholic/addicted family.  I thought that it was normal.  I was raised by a single parent who I saw get physically abused all of my childhood.  When I was thirteen on of her boyfriends sexually abused me.  I started getting in trouble in school and hanging out with the bad crowd.  When I was fifteen I got drunk for the first time.  Then my senior year of high school I started drinking every weekend.  When I was nineteen I got in a relationship with an abusive alcoholic and my drinking was everyday.  That relationship was over at twenty one and a new one started with drugs.  When I was twenty three I moved to Alabama to get away from drugs.  I was dry for a couple of years and had my son.  Life was good I thought.  I started using drugs.  A few years later I married an addict.  In September of 2009 we got arrested for distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance.  I lost my son and went to Jail on a million dollar bond.  I got sent to rehab and from rehab to FOCUS On Recovery.  Still on a million dollar bond.

With the help of Chris Sidle Foundation 8 months at FOCUS On Recovery, meetings and sponsorship.  I have lived through hard times, bad times and tragedy sober.  Now sober for twenty months, my son is with me, I am at home with my sober husband living life on life’s terms one day at a time.


Anna WilabayAnna Wilaby

My name is Anna.  I came to FOCUS directly out of an inpatient treatment facility for my struggle with addiction as a meth addict.  I was a broken 29 year old woman seeking a new way to live.  I abused drugs and alcohol for 10 years. I had lost almost everything when I decided to try treatment because I couldn’t live another day in the path I had chosen. Living clean and sober seemed impossible until I came to FOCUS.  I had an amazing group of women surrounding me, supporting me, and holding me accountable everyday.  I learned to be a productive member of society and how to rebuild broken relationships.  I recently graduated from college and have a job doing what I love. The time I spent at FOCUS is very precious to me. Going to FOCUS on recovery is the best decision I ever made.


Margaret Strickland

margaret-strickland“I was a resident at Focus on Recovery from June 9, 2009 to June 19, 2010, and I feel honored and humbled to have been asked to share a little of my story with you. Like most addicts I was raised in a dysfunctional home. Dysfunctional might be too kind a word. I grew up with a mentally ill, alcoholic mother, and a father who would not give up his long distance truck driving to take care of his family.” (read more)



Marva R.marva

“I am a 47-year-old recovering alcoholic and crack addict and a very grateful FOCUS alumni. I arrived at Focus on April 10,2008. I had been in intensive, inpatient treatment during the previous three and a half months and was still only on my 25th day of sobriety.”   I was hopeless, defeated, broken and basically homeless. Someone donated the admission fee and gave me $200 to help with my food and essential items. Focus changed my self-perception and my outlook on life. Focus gave me a life! I thank God for Focus! (read more)