Tammie’s Story: Why I walk on the Road to Recovery

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.

About the Authors

Members of Renascent's alumni community carry the message by sharing their experiences and perspectives on addiction and recovery. To contribute your alumni perspective, please email alumni@renascent.ca.