Featured WSTC Alumni: Michelle G.
My name is Michele and I am a grateful recovering addict, though I still suffer with the disease each and every day. It all started 15 years age when I went through a life changing event. I thought that I could cope with my emotion by using. I started off smoking marijuana and drinking here an there at the age of 13. By the age of 18 I was drinking everyday and using pills. Fast-forward 7 years, my addiction was in full swing. I was smoking marijuana and drinking to just bring my self out of bed. Cocaine and pills were also some things I felt like I needed to help me get through the day. By this time there wasn’t much that I wouldn’t do to chase my next high. I was on this never ending roller-coaster ride of using to make myself feel happy and numb. However, once I reached that “high” I felt disgust and hatred towards myself. Through my many years of addiction I ended up hurting everyone around me. Not only did I hurt my family and loved ones, I lost my marriage, my kids, but most of all I lost myself. I had opened a door that I couldn’t close anymore. I was very confused and could no longer distinguish between what was good and what was bad. I couldn’t make a decision to stop all these things. During the last four years of my drug use, I used to pray to God every time to let it be my last time. I was at my rock bottom an I didn’t want to live anymore. My life changed about 14 months ago when I walked through the front doors of White Sands. I thought I would just go there to make my family happy and be out in about 2 weeks, but that wasn’t the case. From being there, I learned that I wasn’t alone and that there was a solution. I was introduced to a 12 step program that showed me a new way to live my life drug and alcohol free. Committing myself to a lifetime without my “best friend” was a scary thing to me, but I decided to give it a chance since nothing else had helped me before. The recovery process is where I learned to get to the core of the reasons behind my addiction. White Sands taught me how to address those issues so that I can effectively move on with my life without going back to drugs and alcohol and my addictive behavior. After leaving White Sands I have moved on to become a house manager of a halfway house, I have begun to reconnect with my family, and most of all, I have taken the steps to start loving myself.
White Sands Alumni Support Services
At White Sands Treatment Center, we understand that recovery is an ongoing process and does not end once you leave our facility. Therefore, we encourage all of our alumni to participate in aftercare programs and engage in support groups. This page is a place to share your thoughts and experiences while on the road to recovery.
Whether you have been in recovery for years or have recently returned to substance abuse, you have the ability to inspire others as you continuously work to better yourself. Addiction recovery is no easy feat, but the positive support found in this White Sands alumni group can make long-term recovery much more attainable.
Join our Alumni Program today.
Long-Term Recovery Management
Some of the recovery programs we provide include:
- Phone follow-up from our support team
- Intensive outpatient weekly meetings
- Communication by email
- Family programming
- Aftercare resources
- A support network
Our staff can also help assist you in locating addiction recovery meetings in your area.
White Sands Alumni Community
Throughout the year, our facility offers events that encourage alumni to share their unique experiences, setbacks, and inspiration. Alumni also have the ability to keep in contact through our .
Alumni Support Group
The continuing growth and success of our Alumni is of the utmost importance to White Sands Treatment Center. As such, we provide a safe venue each week for our former clients to share in each other’s everyday life experiences and to discuss how they are feeling about their journey in recovery. Much strength is gained from one of our Alumni helping another. Alumni Support Group is hosted Thursday nights at 8PM in the Administration Building of White Sands Treatment Center. Please come join us!
The White Sands Treatment Center alumni program connects recently discharged clients with other recovering alumni. This relationship provides encouragement and support for our clients, as they adjust to living a sober lifestyle and engage in additional support groups at home.
If you would like to become a buddy, please contact Veronica at [email protected] in order to learn more about what the program entails.
Alumni Support Team
Veronica Viani Alumni Coordinator
Veronica is the Community Outreach Director for White Sands Treatment Center. with over 7 years of been clean and she is very involved in the recovery community as well. having struggled with the use of multiple substances and alcohol for 11 years and having completely changed her life for the better. Veronica is excited to be here to support all former White Sands patients and bridge the gap in your support systems. Veronica is available through all the resources below and don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you are wanting to share joys, passions, struggles, etc. This is what I’m here for.. Please contact Veronica anytime via Facebook or email her at [email protected] .