My first drink was probably when I was five. Yeah, it wasn’t a thing it was just, you know, a drink. Sips of beer. In 2005, I was a stay at home mom with three kids. We moved from Baton Rouge to Lafayette area. I was pregnant, two weeks later I had my daughter, my youngest. Right after Katrina. She was premature, so I was raising three kids in diapers at the same time and full of stress. And didn’t feel up to the job at all.
I turned to alcohol to deal with the stress of raising my three young children. I would put them to bed every night, would start drinking and found that I wasn’t able to stop once I started. Over the course of several years, it became the whole point of my life, to get to the end of the day, to get to those drinks.
The Grove has helped me find my way back to living life again. The Grove welcomed me with open arms. We were treated with respect which is different from any other treatment center that I had been involved with or even heard of. They loved you until you could love yourself. They taught me that I was not my disease. That I could separate myself from that disease that I have and that did not define who I was.
At the end of the day, now I feel peace, joy, happiness. I can go to sleep and I don’t lay there and struggle all night long, fighting against my conscience. Now I just lie in peace and have a talk with God and I can feel good about my day, and if I don’t feel good about my day, I can just go back and make amends and I just move on. It’s freedom.