I was once a strong beautiful woman and a mother..

Julian’s Story
January 31, 2019
Walking The Walk
February 26, 2019

I was once a strong beautiful woman and a mother..

My name is Millie G. – I am a grateful recovering addict from Elkview West Virginia. Before I came to the watershed I was afraid alone and in jail. Drugs had ravaged my life and taken me away from myself, no loved ones, and anything that meant something to me became irrelevant to the chaos. I was once a strong beautiful woman and a mother but with drugs influencing my everyday life I became a hollow shell of myself. I stopped loving myself and life. When my family finally got me to the watershed it was life or death. I struggled with the idea of recovery because it was like a fairy tale or a myth I had never known truly could exist, but through therapy and my new found tools of sobriety I slowly came around and was once again able to find peace through God and Jesus Christ. I have never experienced the love and community that the watershed gave me. The people who I shared my recovery with truly saved my life and changed my world forever. In my mind I would never be free of addiction even if I was sober, it had plagued me for so long I couldn’t fathom life apart from it and now it’s like a distant memory of a time forgotten. I am able to live a normal life and support myself. I have A full time job I’m actually really good at and enjoy, I make enough money to live on my own and I have recently moved into a beautiful apartment in West Palm Beach and I am living a version of life I once thought to be a fairy tale. I can never repay the debt I owe the watershed for giving me my life back, but through the instruction and aid they provided me I can use my knowledge and hardship to do the same for other lives that matter just like mine did. I have grown into the beautiful and amazing woman I was before I was destroyed by addiction and I know that none of this would have been possible to achieve had it not been for the determination and persistence of the watershed staff. On August 7th 2018 from a jail cell in rural West Virginia I prayed to God for help. The next day my father got me out of jail and brought me to the watershed where I found my salvation through Jesus Christ and was given a second chance at life. Every person who was there for me and cared for me through this process are like angels in my story. From my therapists to the techs and other fellow patients in my new recovery family living in a sober community I have been deeply changed forever. I will cherish every step I took along my road to recovery that the watershed lead me through taking the next right step everyday. I’m writing this testimonial in astonishment at the fact that they promised me as long as I never put that substance in my body and gave my will over to God id have a life beyond my wildest dreams and how very real and true that promise has been. I am blessed to have the life that was beyond my wildest dreams, my only hope is to spread that message and reality to other struggling addicts as they have saved me. Through the bible and the big book there is a window to the soul and through the compassion of other recovering addicts we find ourselves capable of not healing ourselves but through healing each other we can save lives by sharing our hope inspiration and love to anyone who is willing to seek recovery. God bless each and every person who serves this purpose in life it is a beautiful congregation of strength and hope the world needs the most. Thank you watershed for lighting the way.

 

-Millie G.