We who live with a mental health disorder are able human beings and each of us can grow and change if we are nurtured. We are a lot like trees in that way. With support and nurturing our foundation gets stronger, which allows us to sprout new branches and grow in different directions.
“When I moved to Arizona, I wanted to be sure that I took care of my mental health first, because I didn’t want things to sneak up on me. I found HOPE, and I have learned so much from other people, not only about them but about myself. The peer staff here are genuine, they really care.”
Sharing my story has helped me in my recovery, not only because I feel validated, but because I can see the difference it makes in the world. People will comment that they think my story is remarkable and that it helps them to feel that they too can withstand the journey.
For over thirty years, I was in and out of jail, using cocaine, heroin, meth, alcohol…never there for my kids. About a year ago, a friend referred me to HOPE and my life changed. Because of the tools I was given, I now have a job, aprtment, a pet dog named Roxie, my family, kids, grandkids. It’s a good feeling to be clean.