Stephanie’s journey to the Haven and into recovery starts with a relapse. She was a successful graduate of the 90/90 program in Tennessee, Grace House, in which she spent 90 days in residency followed by 90 days of outpatient treatment. She remained in recovery for 9 years on her own. She relapsed just after her 9th year clean date….she was devastated…and so was her family. She felt like a failure. She calls it her “darkness…wandering in the wilderness” time.
She lost her job at King Soopers where she was in management, began writing bad checks, used a credit card that was she was not authorized to use in someone else’s name, and finally she was charged with 2 felonies. She was depressed and did not follow the orders of her probation and ran from the law. She lived on the streets, making money for food, shelter, and for drugs in all the ways no one is proud. She slipped further into her addiction feeling unworthy of God’s graces for sobriety. She was finally caught for violating parole and this is when she “began to climb back up to the mountain top”.
After spending two years in her addiction relapse, Stephanie was arrested in October of 2007. She embarked on a powerful spiritual journey and committed herself to discovering a way back to sobriety. During this time, she realized that she had “missed something” her first go round at treatments. Her treatment before did not address the underlying reasons for her addiction- it only addressed her behaviors in addiction. She realized all of the value she place on people outside of herself and need to find a way to concentrate on herself.
The Adams County Jail, sent Stephanie to see a psychiatrist who diagnosed her with PTSD from experiences that occurred in her childhood and in her addiction. Stephanie was realizing her worthiness and did research on her own to seek the help she needed to overcome her addiction and live in recovery. When she finally came before the judge, Stephanie asked to be sentenced to the Haven, even after hearing all the horror stories from other ladies who had not made it through the Haven program. Stephanie knew it would be hard work. She knew she would have to acknowledge her behaviors and issues behind her addiction.
When she asked the judge to go the Haven, the judge had not heard of the program. Stephanie provided the judge with the information the judge would need to decide Stephanie’s request. Stephanie was ready to learn how to live a life of recovery. She arrived at the Haven on July 23, 2008. She fully embraced the program because she was ready; 3 years later, she graduated in June 2010.
Since graduation, Stephanie has been a beacon of hope for others suffering with addiction. She has been a volunteer supporting others trying to live a life in recovery, an intern at OTC, graduated from Metro State College with her Bachelor’s in Human Services with an Addictions Studies focus. She is currently a Patient Care Aid at Parker Valley Hope and is working toward her CACII certification and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling with aspirations to achieve her PsyD!
Stephanie has truly embraced her ability to live in recovery, become an inspiration to her children and many others, and the Rising Star for which we celebrate her!