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Betsy's Success Story

I had been trying to get sober for ten years when I heard about NAOMI. My newly found friend had gone there and she said it was the best thing that ever happened to her. I went to a few meetings there and thought it was pretty cool for the people that were there, I had a little bit of time sober and thought I didn’t need anything that intensive. I thought life was good. Until it wasn’t. I relapsed and lost my job, my house, my family and I almost lost my soul. Things got bad really quickly this time and I was in the darkest place I had ever been. A black soul sucking void that I felt I couldn’t escape from. I had been drinking and using for the better part of twenty years and I was so very broken. I exhausted every resource that I had ever been given. I had lost everything and was willing to try anything, if it meant I could be free from my misery and pain. And then my friend reminded me about NAOMI. She said I had to start calling every day and show them I was serious about being there. I called every day for two weeks all the while dying inside. And then on a Wednesday morning I called for what I had told myself was going to be the last time. Ms. Michele told me to be there in an hour and a half. I had a choice to make. I know now that it wasn't me that made that choice to get up off my daughters bed throw away the beer in the fridge and take my bag and go to NAOMI. I could have never done that on my own.

Even though my life was in shambles and I was as bankrupt as a person could be I still resisted the help when I first got to the house. But Ms. Michele, Ms. Toni, Ms. T and the rest of the staff loved me anyways. Even on the days I was pretty unlovable. They believed in me and saw something in me that I never believed I could or would ever be able to see in myself. They told me that even if I didn’t believe it, God loved me and could heal me. They told me that I had to throw away all of my old ideas about how I was going to get and stay sober. Then they started to show me all of the ways that I had been self-sabotaging and showed me all of my irrational belief systems. All the while challenging me to confront all of the feelings and thoughts and memories that I had been running from for so long. They gave me opportunities to practice handling situations in a completely different way than I ever had before. They uplifted me and called me on my crap. They wouldn’t accept anything less from me than what they knew I deserved. They taught me what it meant to be a woman of integrity. They taught me to set boundaries and keep them. To do what I say and say what I mean.

Most importantly they held my hand on my journey to rediscover my faith in GOD. I had lost my faith a long time before and had gotten so far from GOD that I didn’t believe He could ever forgive me for all I had done. The women at NAOMI guided me gently toward Him. They showed me the miracles He had performed in their lives. They showed me that with His guidance I could become the woman He intended me to be. I accepted GOD into my heart and my life changed forever. I have forgiven myself for the life I was living and accepted GODS forgiveness.

I am no longer a prisoner of my past or of my own mind. I get to live free from the bondage of self and help others. I am a better mother today. I am a better daughter and granddaughter and sister and friend. Today the things that I thought were the worst things that ever happened to me have become the things I get to use to show others that it is possible to recover no matter what has happened to you or what you have done to others. I have been given a brand new life through God and the woman He works through at the NAOMI house. I have a beautiful home and a good job I even have a valid driver’s license and a car. I have friends who love me unconditionally and who can rely on me today. But most importantly I have faith that God has pulled me through everything in my life to get me to this exact moment. I know He has a purpose for every single thing in my life. And for me to have a purpose in God is a true miracle.