By Tammie K., Graham Munro Treatment Centre Alumni
I am participating in Renascent’s Road to Recovery Walkathon/Run to help give back the HOPE that I was given during my stay at their Graham Munro Treatment Centre (Munro).
I had always lived with so much regret and disappointment that I had not made a better career for myself. Although I love being a mom more than anything, as my children get older I was left feeling like I didn’t have a purpose and I didn’t have anything I was passionate about for my future. I was very depressed and addiction worsened. I could not see a way out.
From the moment I stepped through the door at Munro, I felt accepted, loved, and supported. My orientation counsellor told me something on that very first day which would literally change my life and give me the purpose which I lost over the years. She told me that all of the counsellors – in fact the vast majority of staff at Renascent – have lived experience with addiction and recovery. This immediately gave me the hope I was so desperately looking for, not only to conquer my addiction, but to give my life meaning again.
Since then, I have never looked back. One day at a time, I am building a better life for myself and my wonderful family, and it all began when I walked through that door at Munro. I am now enrolled in a college program to become a social service worker, with the goal of becoming an addictions counsellor. Like all of the incredible counsellors at Munro, I look forward to the day when I can help give someone else the vision of a better future.
For now, I will proudly share my story with the hope that someone out there might make their way through the doors at one of Renascent’s treatment centers, knowing the possibility of a better future is on the other side. A financial barrier should not ever be the reason someone cannot access the help they need towards a better life.
I am forever grateful for my own Road to Recovery.