Personal Testimonies

María’s Testimonial

María’s Testimonial

A combination of faith and fear prevented me from drinking alcohol until my late 20s. I eventually started having wine and beer at family gatherings and dinner parties for one reason: I wanted to feel like I belonged. Within six months, my drinking had become a...

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María’s Testimonial

Corrine’s Testimonial

At Corrine’s house when she was a child, the refrigerator was in a separate garage. When it was dark, her seven siblings were too afraid to go out to the garage to fetch the ice cream from the fridge for dessert. But Corrine wasn’t. “I would volunteer to get the ice...

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María’s Testimonial

Dennis’s Testimonial

For many years, Dennis lived in two worlds: one that everyone knew about and one that no one but himself did. “In recovery, we talk about having two words until we get discovered and then those words come crashing together,” Dennis said. “My wife discovered my...

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María’s Testimonial

Chloe’s Testimonial

Much of my journey leading to recovery revolves around my dad. From a very early age, I remember being afraid of him. He traveled 80 percent of the time due to a high-pressure corporate job. And when he was around, my three older siblings would clamor and compete for...

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María’s Testimonial

Susan’s Testimonial

It wasn’t until Susan was older that she realized alcoholism ran in her family. This is because, though a functioning alcoholic, her father provided well for their family and she had a stable home life. This made it difficult to see that there were problems growing...

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María’s Testimonial

Sister Margaret’s Testimonial

Like many who struggle with eating disorders of some kind, Sister Margaret can trace the start of her unhealthy relationship with food to being sexually abused at the age of three. “In OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meetings, I hear the same story about sexual abuse. A...

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María’s Testimonial

Julie’s Testimonial

Eight years ago, Julie discovered her son was using drugs. This discovery spurred tremendous grief and suffering, leaving her and her husband feeling helpless and unable to help him recover and find healing. “I literally had no plan of action for helping him, or me,...

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María’s Testimonial

Chantal’s Testimonial

When Chantal was in the 9th grade she had her first drink: her father’s peppermint schnapps. For her, it was the response to the turmoil brewing within her family, her father’s controlling and suffocating strictness and his drinking. She would move onto smoking when...

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