SUD Treatment Program Changes SOME Client's Life

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a mental disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior. With the inability to control their use of substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications, symptoms can range from moderate to severe, with addiction being the most severe form of SUDs. 

SOME’s comprehensive treatment empowers adults to break the bonds of addiction, reunite with their families, and rejoin their communities. SOME offers addictions treatment in individual and group settings and both residential and outpatient treatment. Michelle, a previous residential treatment client at SOME’s facility in West Virginia, has now been free of addiction since for 3 years. Her clean date, was June 2, 2018. When we first asked her what she thought of SOME’s SUD Treatment Program, she replied, “SOME changed my life.” 20200222_153128.jpg

Growing up in a home where neglect and abuse were prevalent put her at risk for a multitude of problems during childhood. Michelle recounted that her journey began over 40 years ago with a puff of marijuana, and a sip of alcohol at age 13 years old. This led her down a road of incarceration, mental health institutions, homelessness, and different substance abuse programs. It left her feeling powerlesssness, and a feeling of inadequacy. Before SOME, she was in and out of programs for 5 years. She went on to call these visits an, “oil change”. She did not think that she could escape addiction, and felt that she had to stay under the influence to forget about the pain of her childhood and abusive family. Her family dynamic consisted of alcoholism, neglect, and many premature deaths. 

At age 20 Michelle had 3 kids, and one more by 38 years old. At the age of 20, she was not capable of taking care of them at the time. Her addiction made her incapable of taking care of her children, so her family stepped in. Her sister had also been through the SOME program and has been sober for 21 years.

For Michelle, life was a never-ending spiral that she would never escape. Unsuccessful relationships, losing jobs, and losing family members such as her first-born daughter. and her mother, When things began to get good, everything would go bad, and Michelle would start using again. 

She was exhausted. Living in the streets, eating from trashcans, and sleeping at bus stops, takes a tremendous toll on you. She finally called her sister who had been through SOME’s program and asked for help. She claimed what was different was that, “I WANTED help this time”. After spending time with her family for a few days she was ready to go to a place she said she would never go, SOME. Initially, there was not enough bed space for Michelle, so she went to Safe Haven for 30 days and began to work with a therapist. Soon after, she got the news that Maya Angelou House (SOME’ West Virginia SUD Location) had an opening. She said, “I was scared to death, but hopeful..(SOME) They taught me how to let go of resentments, and what to do with my anger. How to find a God of my understanding. How to burn shame and guilt and get rid of the blame game. Every day look in the mirror and say that I deserve to be here.” 20191004_225040.jpg

She stayed at the mountain for almost 6 months and rid herself of her addiction. She learned about resilience, strength, and hope, in that period. The next time that trauma struck her life, instead of resorting to using, she decided to surround herself with people in the program and leaning on them. She built a network, got a sponsor, and started going to meetings. 

Today, she is employed as an SPO (Special Police Officer) and has reunited with her family and her children.

“I embrace my flaws today, accepting me for right where I'm at. I can't change the past, so I will no longer allow it to mess me up."

“When it comes to SOME, Don’t be afraid to take the risk. Allow yourself to be vulnerable holding back nothing and embrace your flaws, stay in the moment.” 

It was important to her Michelle that we mentioned thank the followingse people and thanked them for helping her along the way: Father John,  Jason, Ralisha,  Shayla, Ms. Michelle,  Jasmine, Mr. Josh,  Ms. Sandy, Ms. Debbie, Jen, Mr. Arron, Mr. Craig, Ms. Williams, Darryl, Randy, Chef, Ms. Di Nora, Mr. Johnnie, Ms. Vera, Ms. Kima, Ms. Michelle, Mr. Julian, Ms. Jenny, Ms. Kathy, Ms. Valencia, Ms. Verdetta, Fred, Tony, Chris, Francis, Kim, Latrell, Ms. Ann, Ms. Hunt, Ms. Tate, Ms. Sharnetta, Ms. Wanda, Tom from the Gas Station, everyone in the clinic, the dentist department, and staff at Bedford Falls. 

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