Hello, my name is Kathleen J and I am an alcoholic. I have been battling this disease on and off for over 15 years; starting in my early 20’s all the way to my 40’s. I drank a lot at concerts and while camping during the weekends. I had a job in sales and I drank a lot there too but I was always able to put it down. Sometime in my late 40’s something changed and my disease started to take over. I am married; I have two grown sons, and two grandkids. I always worked and took great care of my family (so I thought). That was not the case…
In 2005, I went to a state-run women’s rehab (I don’t recommend that) and I stayed sober for 6 years. I did go to meetings; however, I did not get a sponsor, work the steps, or even a program at all. I relapsed (big surprise, right?)
Fast forward to 2016…my drinking led my husband to send me to The Watershed. When I first got here I was scared, angry, and lost. My plan was to stay here for only a month (sound familiar?). As of August 21st I have been at The Watershed for a year. Coming here turned out to be a God send. I have changed, grown, and become more confident, self-sufficient, and independent. I never thought that was possible.
Today, I do work a program; I have a sponsor, I work the steps, and most importantly I have a Higher Power that helps me on a daily basis. I am happier here than I ever thought I would be. I do plan on returning home at some point, but for right now I am where I’m supposed to be. I love this community as well as the friends and family I have made here. When I first got here I did not like myself very much…now thanks to this place I like the person that I am today!