It has been decades since Paula lived at St. Monica’s, but she remembers it well:
“I will always be proud to be a ‘St. Monica’s girl.’
“St. Monica’s opened their doors to me and saved my life. My life was in shambles. I had lost everything – job, home, family. I felt so fragile, so unworthy of being treated with respect and love.
“During my stay at St. Monica’s, I learned about personal discipline. I learned that discipline meant freedom. I began to respect myself and to set healthy boundaries. I learned how to live a life free of alcohol and drugs.
“The love, support and caring I received at St. Monica’s was an awesome gift.
“The doctor who examined me when I was admitted to the treatment center was present when I graduated. He said that when he first examined me that he didn’t think there was anything left. Talk about miracles!”