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Rosa: 'Paying forward my sobriety'

"Growing up in western Nebraska, my two older brothers used drugs frequently, and I wanted to be like them. It started with pot, but at one of their parties I was introduced to cocaine.  I loved it immediately ~ it made it easier to socialize and forget our family’s problems.

Trafficking drugs from Colorado to Nebraska became an easy way to afford my addiction, until I was caught and arrested. A friend begged me to enter St. Monica’s, where she knew I would gain emotional stability and be able to prepare for my stay in prison. I’m so glad I did.  My counselor introduced me to one of St. Monica’s alumni, Trisha, who became my sponsor.  The day I graduated, she drove me to Omaha to surrender myself to the federal authorities.  I remained in prison for 2½ years, and Trisha kept in touch with me the entire time, encouraging and motivating me.

After I completed my prison sentence, Trisha suggested I move to Lincoln to get away from my friends and family back home who were still using drugs. She is still my sponsor today, and now I am working as a mentor to women currently at St. Monica’s, to pay forward my sobriety in the same way Trisha has helped me. I am grateful and embracing a second chance at life."

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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.


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