Tanya felt as though she didn’t have a calling in life. She felt awkward when people would ask her what her goals were in life because she honestly didn’t know. She felt lost, and to her, it seemed as though everyone around her had some grand plan. She dreaded family get-togethers because she didn’t know how to answer the list of questions her relatives asked her about drug and alcohol addiction. Each year nothing had changed. She was still living with her parents and still couldn’t decide on what exactly she wanted to do with her life. As the years went by, Tanya felt more pressure to decide on a path, which made her more stressed and overwhelmed. Not knowing how to deal with her emotions, she turned to drugs and alcohol. Tanya enjoyed the feeling they gave her; they allowed her to forget the stress. Before she knew it she felt dependent upon drugs and alcohol to make her feel happy, and whether she wanted to admit it or not, she knew she was developing a problem and needed rehabilitation from it.
Even though Tanya didn’t have an exact path in mind, she was smart and aware. She knew she was developing a drug and alcohol addiction – something she never thought would happen. She knew that if she didn’t admit it to others that she needed help that she would continue going downhill and make her addiction worse. Tanya went up to her mother and told her she had an addiction straight out. Her mother chuckled and told her to stop joking. Tanya explained this wasn’t a joke and that she had been drinking and using for the past eight years. Concerned and shocked, her mother went over to the computer and started researching rehab facilities in the area. That was when Tanya’s journey to full recovery began.
After days of research and calling rehabilitation facilities, Tanya and her mother found a suitable facility that looked to be the best fit, Serenity. Her mother drove her over to the facility and on the way, looked over to Tanya and apologized. Tanya’s mother felt as though she had failed as a parent. She couldn’t understand how her caring and wanting Tanya to choose a career path made Tanya turn to drugs and alcohol. Tanya’s mother started doubting herself but knew entering Tanya into rehab was undoubtedly the best option. Tanya never blamed her mother for her addiction and deep down felt happy to know she was finally on a right path.
Tanya entered rehabilitation for the first time and her first step was to do a detoxification. The first week was difficult and the withdrawal symptoms were worse than she imagined. However, when detox was done and she began her treatment program, she started to feel like a new person. Tanya realized she had ruined her life for the past eight years, but also realized that it is now her job to live a clean and sober life from now on. Tanya was able to learn coping skills to help manage her experiences and maintain her sobriety.
As Tanya continued her treatment program, she realized her calling was to educate others about drug and alcohol addiction. She didn’t want others to ruin large chunks of their lives like she did. She wanted to do her part in ending the addiction epidemic in the world. Tanya feels extremely thankful for the opportunity she had to get educated herself and be helped and now she wants to return the favor and do the same for others.