“When I first came here, I was so angry. My anger stemmed from just having to be there and what I had done to get there. Most of all I was angry that I let my family down again. I didn’t know what to expect from being in a place like this, so my anxiety caused me to tear holes in my own knuckles. After I settled down and started participating, I thought about what has happened to me over the years. I finally felt I could beat this addiction and stay on track with the tools that I learned. I have tried many other programs and failed, but this gave me a different perspective of my illness to move forward.”Anonymous Chemical Dependency Client
“About three years ago, Alice* was a client at Hillside Recovery Center [WYGC’s treatment facility for substance abuse], where I am a counselor. At that time, she had been abusing drugs and alcohol for about 25 years. She hadn’t graduated from high school, had married and divorced when in her early 20’s and raised two children on her own. To support herself, she worked as an escort in Laughlin. My wife and I happened to take a brief vacation in Laughlin and ran into Alice, who is now employed at a local restaurant, where we stopped for a bite to eat. Alice is now living in a small single-wide trailer, located near the AA meetings she attends regularly. It is her own place, and she is living alone for the first time in her life. She told me that she still has to fight her depression, but it is something she is learning to do. “I am happy for the first time in my life and my daughters are so proud of me. I have a grand-baby and I am starting to look for a job where I can start to put away for the future.”WYGC Staff
*At WYGC, we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.