“A MOM’S RECOVERY PROGRAM”
Interview with Shawna V (18 Months of Sobriety)
Q: When did you first hear about FFR?
A: I first heard about FFR from my cousin she was posting on Facebook about how much help she was getting.. I had just made the choice to get clean and sober and was searching for like minded people and a safe place to express how I was feeling. Q: What was your drug of choice and how long did you struggle with your addiction (s)? A: My first choice would be alcohol and marijuana but a close second would be cocaine and meth
Q: What does it feel like to celebrate Mothers Day being clean and sober? Can you remember a time you were not?
A: Amazing, it feels like a reward to be able to spend time with my children and my mother being able to be present and appreciate every moment I get. Yes I have been loaded on Mother's Day and I know now my children were disappointed that I really couldn't be in the moment because I was so busy planning to meet up with someone to drink and do drugs.
Q: How long have you been clean & sober and what would you tell someone thinking about getting clean.
A: On May 9, I will have 18 months.
Q. WOW! That’s incredible congratulations! What would tell someone who is thinking about seeking sobriety and beginning a recovery program? A. Personally the best decision I have ever made and I would want to be honest and let them know it was and still is something I have to fight for, there is no easy way around it but some things that have helped me are: Taking responsibility for make actions. Seeking help ( 12 steps, meetings, sponsors, family) Changing People, Places, Things that might send me into relapse. Taking care of myself spiritual, physically, mentally. Forgiving myself and others...Being Grateful! One thing I do and have done from the very first day I made the choice was remember one day at a time and finding the blessings that sobriety has given me.. Which is one more day free from addiction!
Q. Just one more question and thank you again for speaking with us today. Why would you recommend FFR to someone?
A. Yes I would recommend FFR it felt comfortable to express how I felt about my addiction and myself without being judged. And I feel like FFR's goal was my goal to help me find away to be free from addiction and restore my relationships and be able to see hope in the future.