My life began the moment I walked into Grace House! I have depended on drugs and alcohol for over 20 years. It was my solution to any problem I had. I realize that I put alcohol before everything and everyone. I knew I had to do something for me for the first time in my life so I decided to come to Grace House and commit to a year. I moved away from my kids so I could learn to live and not just survive. While at Grace House, I finally learned how to surrender and let these wonderful people show me a better way. I’m learning there is freedom in friendship and that God has saved my life. I am thankful and so blessed I finally found myself, the precious daughter of my Savior! I know now that my suffering was the beginning of my spiritual awakening. I owe everything to Grace House and the recovery community! I’m truly happy to be alive today.
Lost hopeless and broken. Destined to die another statistic. I lost it all. My family, my soul and my sanity. I was in complete bondage to drugs and alcohol. I couldn’t see another way out. Death was my only solution. At that point, sitting in a hospital bed after another three week coma, I cried out to God for help. The answer came quickly…Grace House. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was blessed with the gift of desperation and willingness. I came to Grace House, completely defeated and scared to death. I didn’t know how to live. Since entering into Grace House I have learned so much. I have a life I could’ve only dreamed of, one that I never thought I was deserving of. I have a relationship with God, my family has been restored and I have real friendships. I have since found self-worth and many more gifts! The best one yet is freedom. Who would’ve thought the gift of desperation would lead to the power of restoration. I am forever grateful.
After an arrest in May of 2022, I decided to go to long term residential treatment. During my stay there, I learned to accept my addiction for what it is: a progressive, terminal disease. With this understanding, I made the choice to invest in myself, and after nine months, I made the commitment to go to Grace House. Without a doubt, this has been the best decision I have ever made for myself, my family, my recovery and my spirituality. Grace House has shown me how to live a healthy, joyful, purpose-driven life through God as a young woman in recovery. The community in Brunswick pours endless love into this program, and the women in this home walk hand in hand, heart to heart. Here I have learned balance, honesty, open mindedness and what love truly is. The women in the house and staff have taught me communication and what friendship looks like. I never believed I would see a light at the end of the tunnel, but here, I find myself basking in the sunlight of the spirit. Grace House has changed my life in ways I could not have imagined, and I am endlessly grateful for its dedication to showing women how to live rather than exist.
In March 2023, God’s grace brought me to Grace House. He carried me in when I no longer could carry myself. This disease had taken absolutely everything from me, including my beautiful 31-year-old daughter to an overdose in June of 2022. When I arrived at Grace House I was completely broken beyond words. After eight detoxes in eight months, baker acted, being arrested for a DUI, I spoke out loud for the first time in my life, “If I could just dedicate one year of my life to my sobriety, I would give anything.” The very next morning my wish was granted. I know now that God did not hate me back then and was doing for me what I could not do for myself. This journey has proven difficult and some days even impossible. For months I borrowed the other women in the house for strength, faith, laughter, and prayers to make it another day. I would watch and listen to our empowering counselor, Jo Anne, our amazing directors, Kayla and Caroline, and the other women in the house. I began to pray for just an ounce of what they had. Today, I have exactly that and more. I cannot begin to explain the gratitude I have for Grace House, to my sisters in this house, to our Christian friends The Paper Dolls, and the community of Brunswick for their wholehearted support… They are my lifeline! Grace House has saved my life and given me hope in my heart where there was truly none. Today, because of Grace House and all who surround it, I get to be my precious son’s mother again and be the voice of my beautiful daughter, Ashley Marie. God surrounds us here at Grace House and He blesses us with miracles every single day.