Recovery Spotlight: Sara B

My name is Sara. I am 38 years old. My sobriety date is January 8, 2021. I have struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol since I was 16 years old. After battling a serious addiction to heroin and crack cocaine in my 20’s and living in what can only be called a survival mode on the streets of multiple cities and in different toxic and violent relationships, my family intervened and introduced me to long term treatment and the miraculous program I know today of Alcoholics Anonymous. After experiencing long term sobriety from drugs however, I relapsed in my recovery and was brought to my knees by alcoholism. I couldn’t stop drinking. I went to jail for drinking charges, got released, and drank and used again. I experienced years of homelessness and the traumas that came with it, I went in and out of over 50 treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals. I became institutionalized. My father passed away in 2017 and he had been my rock in my recovery and without him I wanted to give up trying to get sober. My health suffered, my liver and pancreas began to fail and I spent more and more time in hospitals. I was self destructive and I was going to die, I didn’t want to, but I had completely forgotten how to live. It was only by what I call divine intervention when the night of September 27, 2020 I overdosed and almost wasn’t revived. Something or someone kept me here on this earth. I felt my dad’s strength and presence and I knew there had to be more than what I was doing. I went to a medical detox and from there went to Orenda Center of Wellness for women and got the most amazing treatment, love, and kindness I ever could have imagined. They loved me while I learned to love myself.

I now live at Up & Out Sober Living with the most awesome group of women whom I love dearly. My health gets better each day and I’m working a job I love for the first time in 5 years. I’m involved with a 12 step program again and I feel alive inside. I’m able to be honest, reliable, empathetic, giving of my time and present in each moment and I’m forever grateful for each and every person I come in contact with in my recovery that plays a critical part to me in that. I love my life today and I hold my sobriety dearly. There but for the grace of God, go I. 🙂

Thank you
Sara B

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