Lifting Families Up: Kristy’s Story

When Kristy Stamp’s husband began treatment at Renascent for addiction and mental health issues, she knew she too was in needed help. As the spouse of someone experiencing addiction, Kristy wanted to begin her own journey toward recovery and receive support.

Renascent’s Essential Family Care Program was everything that Kristy needed. “The program helped me navigate the changes and obstacles I continue to face along my husband’s recovery journey,” said Kristy. “Feelings of support and connection were definitely made during the weekly meetings, and the information provided was extremely thorough and conducive to what I needed to learn and apply to my own recovery.”

It’s been a long road for Kristy and Tibero, who are also the parents of a three year old. Over the years, Tibero’s cocaine, alcohol and marijuana use increased dramatically and while he tried not to use around Kristy, the tell-tale signs of addiction were there. It was after being hospitalized, that Tibero decided to seek help.

“I truly believe now that the success of any recovery is only as strong as the resources that are offered. I’m very lucky to have been offered this opportunity. I wish more of these programs were available and more families knew that they don’t have to go it alone.”

Today, Kristy and her husband continue to work toward long-term recovery together and she is proud of the progress they’ve both made. 

“The Family Program built me up to be stronger in my decision making, up holding my boundaries and consequences, and helping me gain the courage to know that I am in control of my life and my environments and that I can choose to be with Tiberio but not the addiction,” says Kristy, who has also noted very positive changes in her husband. “There are moments when I recognize his attention to me and to our family. I’ve seen huge changes in the level of courtesy and consideration he displays. He is definitely more present now and I trust him much more.”

Renascent’s Family Program is made possible through the generosity of its donors, who over the last year supported the recovery of more than 255 family members.

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Renascent Staff
The staff at Renascent is passionate about helping people with substance addictions so they can reach their full recovery – with compassion, respect, empathy and understanding. Our staff includes our counsellors, all of whom have lived experience of addiction and recovery.