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. I lost 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 learned while at FOCUS, that miracles do come true.
I 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 one of her boyfriends sexually abused me. I started getting in trouble in school and hanging out with a 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.
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 on 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.