My stay at Westminster House was challenging at times. My behaviours were examined and I felt raw, drugs were my identity. Letting go of my defiant ways I became too see some hope. People genuinely wanted to see me do well, I made amazing friendships with women that are still in my life today. We connected on recovery, we laughed until we cried I had never experienced that much joy while being sober. My connection to people and the world around me became brighter. My parents gained their daughter back, I became a present sister. We participated in a structured routine that involved, 12 step meetings, group therapy, health and wellness, spiritual and cognitive behavioural therapy.
This facility teaches you a new way to live, self-respect, love and dignity. All I ever wanted was to be accepted by people and to feel like I fit into this world. When I was in my addiction it was a cry for help, Westminster House saved my life. Today I still consider Westminster House my second home. They taught me basic life skills along with coping skills, awareness of myself and others. The lessons I learned while being in treatment will stay with me for the rest of my life. The love I feel inside my heart today is a high no drug could ever give me. My hopes, dreams and goals are obtainable today. My stay in treatment was 7 months and I still continue on my path of recovery by volunteering my time to help however I can. The staff, clients and alumni are welcoming to everyone they meet. Everyone has compassion and unconditional love for the person next to them. My sobriety date is June 2nd, 2015. When I got clean I thought that my life was over, but I realised I had only just begun. My suggestion is to take a leap of faith, you are worth recovery and a life beyond your wildest dreams. If you’re willing to do the work you will lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.
Women do recover, our alumni are proof.
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