Alumni Spotlight – Corinne L.

Corinne L

Corinne L. – Sobriety date: Feb 12, 2018

How did you end up going to Windhaven?

I went to Hannah’s House on South Padre Island, TX, for residential treatment, and they suggested two sober living options for me during my discharge planning process. I prayed about it that night, and the next morning I just knew that Windhaven House was right for me! I definitely fought HARD against going to sober living when the topic was initially brought up. However, I knew it was time that I did something different. I was beaten down by drugs and alcohol so badly before treatment that I was willing to take ANY suggestion. And now, I can’t even imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t gone to Windhaven. It truly gave me all the wonderful things that I have today.

What was your most memorable experience while you were there?

The community of women I lived with is what is most memorable for me. I built friendships at Windhaven unlike any other friendships I had ever had before. We leaned on each other during the ups and downs of recovery and were open and honest with each other- even when it felt uncomfortable. Most of all, we built each other up and supported one another; we became a family, a sisterhood! After leaving Windhaven, I remained incredibly close to several women from my time there. Actually, four of those women ended up being IN my wedding last year!

Has anything changed in your life in the past few years? 

Absolutely! Externally, I got married to a wonderful man who is also in recovery, and we moved into a beautiful home here in Dallas with the pup we adopted two years ago. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in psychology and obtained my Certified Professional Billing license. I am now a medical biller for a psychiatrist’s office. I also just enrolled in a yoga teacher training course. Yoga has been a huge part of my recovery, and I want to one day provide yoga classes for people with addiction issues. Internally, I have reached a level of peace that I did not know was possible. I began using and drinking at nine years old, and I didn’t get sober until I was twenty-eight years old. A sober life was such a foreign concept to me. But today, I am truly happy. I look forward to my life and I feel okay in my own skin. Sure, I still encounter hard times, but today, I know what I need to do to get through those moments without feeling the need to reach for a drink or a drug. And that is a miracle!

What would you say to someone who is considering getting sober?

Life truly can be beautiful. Sobriety is attainable. The obsession to use or drink can be removed, and you can have a quiet mind. Getting sober was the best thing I have ever done, and all I had to do was follow some simple suggestions. You can have internal safety, and you can have true peace in your life – I promise!

What would you say to someone who is struggling to get sober?

If you believe you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, I know a way out and can help point you in the right direction. Anonymous meetings, treatment centers, and sober living programs – these are all great ways to start a life of sobriety. You don’t have to struggle anymore. I always thought my childhood trauma would keep me from getting sober; happiness and contentment seemed a million miles away. However, not only have I begun to heal from this trauma, but I also actually view it as a strength today, which is something that I NEVER thought I would say in a million years. So, if you are like me and believe you won’t ever be able to get sober due to something horrible that happened in your past, trust me when I tell you: THAT IS NOT TRUE! Don’t let your mind tell you that you can’t do this. YOU CAN. I am living proof!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Windhaven House saved my life. If it wasn’t for this program, I wouldn’t have the community of sober friends I have today. I feel so incredibly grateful every day that Hannah’s House suggested Windhaven to me. Their structure is exactly what I needed after a nearly two-decade long addiction. I had no idea how to live life before Windhaven, and I truly grew up in the year that I lived there. Windhaven will always hold such a special place in my heart.


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