Free From 10 Years of Addiction
I entered the Lighthouse’s Recovery Program December 1, 2011. I feel amazingly blessed being in recovery at the Lighthouse. One thing many people are not aware of is it’s not your ordinary sober living home. I’ve been in my addiction for about 10 ½ years, trying to fix myself, trying to escape from my addiction. I’ve come to realize that life isn’t a toy or a game that I can just get rid of and just throw away. But, being an addict, I was treating my children, my family, my future, and myself as if it had no value. As a recovering addict, the best step I took was building a relationship with God and learning to depend on him. My relationship with the Lord is amazing and unexplainable all at the same time. I’ve gained many life skills and tools that will protect me from the temptations that are out there in the world.
When I first got here to the recovery program, I was broken deep down inside. I didn’t think that I would still be here today. The last person I wanted to build a relationship with was Christ, and the last thing I wanted to do was follow rules. I knew I needed help and I wanted recovery. I knew this was a safest place for my son and me. I had nothing going for me, I didn’t have a plan for myself, and I didn’t have any family support. I was lost, alone, full of addiction, and a single mother. I was broken and confused. I was confused because I still didn’t know or understand why I let my addiction take control of my life. But I’ve come to realize that God will help me and keep me secure from all the people, places, and things that can harm me.
I’ve been blessed to have my youngest son here with me in recovery. I took a parenting class that the program provides and learned how to show and teach my son healthy discipline. I’ve become a better parent and much more understanding of my children’s needs because of the Lighthouse Recovery Program. The closer I get to graduation, the more amazing this experience is for me. I’m extremely proud of myself for sticking it out and learning to depend on and trust in God. There is only one person who I can thank for rescuing me from the life I was living, and there is only one person who I know can save me from my own-self, and that is my God! He is blessing me with an amazing recovery. ~ Vivian