Laura’s life was spiraling out of control and she had no where else to go. She had recently gone through a divorce that had left her bankrupt both spiritually, emotionally and financially. Life was unstable, moving from job to job and house to house. Laura was using alcohol as a way to deal with her pain and unstable life, but it reached a critical point in her health in June of 2012. She had to call 911 to get to a hospital and she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Laura had to make some changes. Laura came to Gospel Rescue Mission and it changed her life.
GRM: Why did you choose GRM?
Laura: After going to Compass Detox 21 times in 2011, I was given a computer generated print-out of Gospel Rescue Mission’s Recovery Program and was interested because it was faith-based, but felt that it was too long of a program (although at this point, a 30 day program felt like too much). After my feeble attempts at sobriety, I called and was taken directly to intake by a La Frontera Case Worker.
GRM: What made GRM different from other programs?
Laura: Other programs were chaotic and no case management at all. The counseling and Bible studies made a huge difference. It was intense work that you have to do to look inside yourself and get to the root of the problem. If the reinforcement of Bible study teaching was not there, it would not have worked.
GRM: What was the biggest fear/obstacle you have overcome at GRM?
Laura: I was ready to give up and learning it was ok to ask for help.
GRM: What have you learned from your stay at GRM?
Laura: This world needs more recovery programs like the one at GRM, which identify the root of the pain and teaches you the life skills to recognize and react to the signals that can cause you to relapse or initiate destructive behavior.
GRM: What did you experience at GRM?
Laura: How loving, wise and supportive the staff are and what a blessing from God this journey has brought me to with the restoration of my family to the ability to attend Pima Community College. I am able to stay at the Transition House with other women who have gone through the Restoration Recovery Program who are committed to staying healthy. I am able to work on-call at GRM and exemplify a godly way of life for the women who are still struggling so that I can lift them up also.
GRM: What is the one thing you would like someone to walk away knowing about your story/situation?
Laura: I have had an awakening to the principalities that can slip into your life when you are off guard and overcome in such a venerable state. I have a new appreciation for life and compassion for those struggling with the pain of rejection, guilt and shame. Laura feels like there is a closeness with her family once again. Her mom now has peace with where Laura is in her life and her oldest son stationed in Italy would like to meet and connect with her. Laura is currently attending Pima Community College to get her degree in Computer-aided Design. She would like to design things that would assist people in their quality of life. For example, she was talking to a friend who is disabled about ideas that would benefit them and and make their lives better. Laura would like to find a job where her degree would be able to make a difference in people’s lives.