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St. Monica's celebrates 50 years of serving women

~ Lincoln Journal Star article, November 9, 2014

Melinda: 'I feel I have been set free'

I came to St. Monica’s the summer of 2011. The first day there I didn't do much more than sleep. I remember feeling safe for the first time in a long time. I was greeted with friendly smiles and encouraging words.

I decided to make the time I would spend here worthwhile. As the drugs slowly left my mind and body, I could think more and more clearly. The negative thoughts and cravings were being replaced with small glimmers of hope that I might actually have a chance at a "normal" life.

I thank God every day that I wake up and have a chance to live life to its fullest capacity. I can honestly say I have never been this happy – ever! I have learned the true meaning of humility and faith, and I feel that I have been set free.  

Now I can be a positive role model in my children's lives as well. Words cannot describe what that means to me. I have a granddaughter now, and I want to be there for her as she grows up, too.

To take an active part in society and be a good person are important to me. St. Monica's gave me the opportunity and the tools to jump start a new life. Now all I have to do is make sure that I keep these tools close to me and use them. 

The most important lesson that I learned at St. Monica's is that I never have to feel alone again.

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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 Melinda achieve recovery: Your gift right now helps women in need today and for the next 50 years.

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Read more success stories here. 

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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