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St. Monica's celebrates 50 years of serving women

~ Lincoln Journal Star article, November 9, 2014

April: 'The tools to get back on my feet'

“I sat in the back of the cop car with my hands in cuffs. The life I had been merely drifting through had abruptly come to a stop. I was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony offense with a prison sentence of up to five years. I had never been so frightened in my life.

I have been a drug addict since my early teens and found meth in my mid-30s. When I took speed, I didn't have to eat. I lost a lot of weight, and I loved it. I could tell the drugs were causing great harm to my body inside, but I couldn't stand the thought of being fat again. So I used meth for about 12 years before I finally got caught.

Since this was my first felony charge, I qualified to go through a Diversion Program that included treatment, community service and fines. If I completed the program successfully, my charge would be dismissed. 

I had no health insurance and no way to pay for treatment, but St. Monica’s took me in anyway. I am so grateful for everyone there, who treated me with respect and genuine concern for my well-being. Those 6 weeks gave me the tools and the self‑confidence to get back on my feet and rejoin society.

It has been 18 months since I graduated from St. Monica's. Since then, I have received an abundance of help from the Community Support program. It is taking me a little while to get back on my feet, but with all of the support I have been blessed with, I know it will happen. I have just started a new job that I really like. I maintain my recovery by going to NA meetings, praying and working my 12-step program, and surrounding myself with other positive people who give me the support I need to stay healthy and strong.”

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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.

Help more women like April achieve recovery: Your gift right now helps women in need today and for the next 50 years.

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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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