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Addiction Recovery Journey: Haven’s Story

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Haven's Recovery Story

Deciding on going to treatment from drug or alcohol addiction can be the hardest, and best, decision of your life. This week, Foundations Alumni Haven L., shared her story of recovery in hopes to inspire others to make that same leap of faith.

Haven, like many people struggling with substance abuse, shared that before she asked for help it had gotten to a point of desperation. “I just wanted to be dead,” Haven said. Haven finally decided to tell her family, who was supportive in helping her get into treatment. “It was kind of a relief to be honest. Because even before drugs were in the picture, I spent most of my life lying about anything and everything.” Haven shared that the first three weeks of treatment she wasn’t sure if she made the right decision, then something switched within her. She decided to finally give sobriety a real chance and to work on some of the things that had made her want to use in the first place.

Haven spoke a lot about codependency, a problem many people struggle with in relationships, and how working on finding out who she really is, has helped her on her journey to recovery. Haven shared about learning to be willing to do whatever was suggested of her to stay sober, which she admits wasn’t easy. “I moved, I left my old job that I loved, but I knew I had to if I wanted to stay sober.”

Haven believes meetings, her sponsor, her therapist, and a higher power have all helped her remain sober since leaving Foundations. She also attributes “aggressive journaling” to helping her cope with life’s stressors.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our 24/7 admissions specialists are available by phone or chat whenever you are in crisis.