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Diane: 'My mental health was affected by my addiction'

“St. Monica's is a dual diagnosis treatment program, which is what I believe sets it apart. Mental disorder issues are treated along with the addiction. My mental health was directly affected by my addiction, and visa versa. It makes the most sense to treat both my disease and the symptoms that caused my addiction in the first place.

The fact that St. Monica's focus is on empowering women also made this program all the more effective. Every day that I spent at St. Monica's, I learned so much about myself and about addiction. I would be so mentally drained by the end of the day, that I would be asleep the minute my head hit the pillow. But to my surprise, every morning I would get up ready to start another day of self-reflection and self‑discovery.  

If I could use one word to describe St. Monica's, the one that keeps coming to mind is Hope. Whether we come to treatment on our own free will or it is strongly suggested by the courts, most of us are in a desperate place in our lives. I know in my case, I was emotionally and spiritually bankrupt. All of the strong women at St. Monica's played a part in helping me start on my path to recovery. I will forever be grateful to them.”  

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Each woman facing addiction has her own story to tell. No two are alike, but they all have something in common: No one can manage recovery alone.

For 50 years, St. Monica’s has been helping women overcome addiction, trauma and mental illness. As part of our yearlong celebration, we are sharing 50 stories of success and inspiration from women who have achieved lasting recovery. We’ll share a new story every week, so check back often.

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Note: All names are pseudonyms to protect client confidentiality.


St. Monica's offers a home and help for women struggling with substance abuse or mental health problems. Learn more about who we are and view a list of our programs and services.


St. Monica's receives funding from United Way, Region V Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program, the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, and generous donors who make recovery possible for hundreds of women and their families each year. Thank you!


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