My name is Leslie and I was admitted to The Watershed (Boca) on April 7th 2008. When I first arrived at The Watershed, I was scared, nervous, basically terrified. I came over time to realize that I was there to meet some wonderful patients there with me and some wonderful employees of the Watershed. I can remember sitting in one of my first classes and the speaker blurted out that we were all insane….I got mad…until they gave the definition. Then I started to listen. So many people at the Watershed played a huge part in my recovery. I now have, by the grace of God, 126 days clean. Never in my life, would I have thought that I could do this. My children smile to be with me, my family trusts me, I got my job back, I am looking at other career opportunities, and I have my life back and more than I could have dreamed of!
I know that I have put in a lot of hard work. I still go to meetings every night, I have a home group, a sponsor, see my doctors regularly, and take my medication as prescribed. I know that I have to keep meeting my 5 pillars, which I was taught, in order to beat this disease! The wonderful part about The Watershed is, that I would never have known about these pillars and about the box of tools that I have to carry around with me throughout my entire life without the teachings I learned there.
I think of The Watershed fondly. Many people do not think that way of a rehab that they attended. But I know that I had some great memories with great people that I met there. I formed some wonderful friendships with other patients and keep in touch with them still. And I also know that is where I found myself. Where I said I would NOT be one of Heidi’s statistics that she taught us about. I grew at the Watershed and I became an adult who found that she loves her life. I am slowly getting to know the “real” me and I actually like it.
I owe my sanity to The Watershed. Thank you!!!!
Leslie M., WV