My name is Lisa C, and I am an alcoholic.
I am not new to recovery, as I was in a 12-Step Fellowship from April 1995 – to January 2005.
Almost 10 years.
Prior to this, my disease was like most. Drank, blacked out, drank, DWI, my life was miserable. At that time, I thought I drank because my life was bad. With being a single mother of two and having little money, I didn’t get that I was drinking because I was an alcoholic.
I thought I drank because of my life.
After 10 years of my recovery, I still was unhappy, miserable, self-centered, and thus drank again, saying to myself I was not an alcoholic. I spent 14 years back out there, which took me to a new low.
A bottom unlike I could imagine and close to death.
Being older, 61, time was catching up with me. I knew rehab was coming. By August of 2018, my bottom was not only mental; it was physical. Paramedics called my house and informed me that I was on my way to death.
It was then that I called Hanley.
I had heard of them from a friend who had gone, and by the grace of God, Hanley took me in on August 24, 2018.
I spent 45 days there. I complained, was obnoxious, felt miserable, was demanding, the list goes on. At the same time, I learned so much. Hanley had me attending classes, therapy, meditation, instruction, reflection, and education on the disease of alcoholism, which I wanted so badly to understand.
I wanted to know why I relapsed, and I wanted to be happy in sobriety.
Hanley paved the way; they are miracle workers. They not only helped me detox appropriately (even though I complained), they educated me on this disease and prepared me for life after this wonderful organization.
Today, 20 months sober, my life is amazing.
I have a schedule of meetings I go to, a wonderful sponsor, women friends that are some of the most amazing people in the world. I have completed the steps, and this has led me to God. I sponsor two wonderful ladies and attend Big Book Study by Ivan. I am learning so much about myself, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am grateful for it.
Hanley was absolutely the best decision I ever made.
The staff are wonderful and have helped me so much. I thank them as often as I can. I stay in touch to constantly let them know how much they saved my life. I am forever grateful and hope I can be an advocate for Hanley Center at Origins.
Thank you, Hanley!
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