Oakwood changes lives

I am an alcoholic and a drug addict. I started drinking at age 12 and using drugs at age 14. When I was 24 I moved into Oakwood Home for Women but I lacked the willingness to do what was required of me to gain lasting sobriety. I spent another 2 ½ years in misery before I was ready to do what it takes to become a useful sober woman. On January 18, 2012 I checked into a treatment facility and from that day to this I have not had a drink or a drug. I was allowed to move back into Oakwood on March 1, 2012 after a lengthy stay in a treatment center. I lived there for 7 months. During that time I was taught how to be a responsible, sober adult woman. I learned honesty. I learned to be dependable. I learned how to say what I mean and mean what I say. I was taught the importance of Alcoholics Anonymous for my life. I was shown how necessary and fulfilling it is to be of service to my fellow man. I was given a life. Oakwood Home for Women didn’t owe me a thing but they were willing to give me the best of everything. If not for being able to start my life over in a safe, happy and helpful environment I am certain I would not be the person I am today. Oakwood is a huge part of how my life was saved. I hope to be involved with the house and the women who come to start over there for the rest of my life. Thank you for loving me and caring for me when I was unable to do so for myself and carrying me through until I was able. Also, thanks for teaching me how to clean a bath room, that has come in handy.

-Jennifer G.

I got into CADA treatment center and stayed for 66 days and learned that I had to chase my sobriety like I chased that drug. That I had to change everything about myself if I wanted to make it. After my stay at CADA I moved into a halfway house Oakwood Home Four Woman. And my life changed, I started learning tools to help me stay sober and I use in my life today. I know have a life i never dreamed about. Everything i lost due to my addiction God is giving back to me. My motto today is Love God, Love Myself, Serve others. By doing those three, I get to give back what’s been giving to me. Thank you for letting share my story with you.

-Heather B.

At treatment I was introduced to Oakwood Home for Women and got an interview to go. When I was accepted it was like nothing I had ever seen. Women laughing and showing love towards one another. It took me a while to get used to that. I was at Oakwood for 16 months and it saved my life. I was 20 years old, had a 6th grade education, and didn’t know anything about living sober. I got to experience so much while living there. I got my GED, started a relationship with my son and my father, I got to finally grieve over the death of my mother and start excepting love from other women, I started my first semester of college, got a job at a helpline helping other people like me, and most of all I got to experience the love and fellowship that Oakwood Home for Women provides every day. I’ve seen this place help so many woman, not only the residents but the woman who come to the meetings too. It is a beautiful thing. I wouldn’t have anything I have today if it wasn’t for Oakwood. This place saved my life, helped me prepare for my future, and taught me some life skills that I was never taught growing up. I am forever grateful for Oakwood Home for Women.

-Dallas B.