14 Oct Yvonne’s Recovery Story
The story below was provided to Recovery Is Beautiful through a local partner newspaper, the Perry County Tribune. The story below is written by the paper editor who highlights Yvonne’s story.
Our first story is about a woman named Yvonne, who says her drug of choice was alcohol; bourbon, wine, and beer.
Yvonne is a community volunteer/peer coach and when asked how her addiction affected her personally she stated, “I think it made me humble, and more sensitive to other people’s problems, especially those with addictions. I have an inner need to help them.”
While growing up Yvonne says her mother had four brothers and sisters who were all “heavy drinkers,” and her mother did not want the children around them. “When they would come to visit Mother would hide us and make us be quiet so they would think we weren’t at home. From that I thought alcoholics were scary and uncomfortable to be around.”
Yvonne admits her addiction played a huge role with her own family and loved ones. “There was a lot of anger and frustration for them, not knowing how to deal with my addition.”
When Yvonne entered Stanton Villa, a six week inpatient women’s treatment facility in New Lexington, she says she found compassion and understanding. “They (staff) helped me see that I was ill and not a bad person. They taught me a lot about myself and how to deal with everyday life without the crutch of alcohol,” explained Yvonne.
Stanton provides residential treatment for women in Perry and surrounding counties, and is a program of Perry Behavioral Health Choices. Stanton Villa services includes: residential, assessment, intensive outpatient and ambulatory detox.
“Stanton Villa helped me to heal from guilt and shame and gave me a new found confidence and hope for a better life.”
Yvonne says her life has turned around in the past several years. “I’m not afraid to let people know I drank. Now I want people to know, I’ve moved on to help others. Maybe someone knows me and asked for help.”
Public awareness is a top concern for Yvonne. “I would like more public awareness of agencies that are there to help people with addiction. People need to know where to go for help, and they also need to understand that addiction is an illness that can be helped.”
When it comes to Yvonne’s future she said, “Right now I’m involved so much I haven’t thought about the future. I take each day as it comes and try to do my best with that.”
…One More Day
You know, I could list all the ups and downs since that day in November when I finally saw life for what it really was – joyful births, devastating losses, health issues, I didn’t think I would survive, but did. And yet, I stayed sober one more day.
Friendships have come and gone, relationships have suffered, but survived. I’ve learned how to agree to disagree and kick it all to the side of the road knowing, in time, it would work it’s self out. And yet, I stayed sober one more day.
I’ve learned what’s important and what’s not worth my time. I’ve cherished many more things, like the morning sunrise and the birds at the feeders, and I’ve stayed sober one more day.
You know, the Lord has made Himself so much clearer to me. That light goes off and once again I’m amazed at how easily He worked out this and that for me. And, of course, I’ve stayed sober one more day.
That’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? staying sober with eyes wide open and not being afraid to take the next steop because my God go me through yesterday – He’ll get me through today – and I’ll be sober, one more day.