Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF) recently reached out to an alumni to see how she has been leading her life after treatment. Casey was a client here during 2011 and this is her story of life after Inspirations.
Casey’s Addiction Recovery Story
Hi my name is Casey Payton. My name was Casey Flores back then. I was a patient at inspirations in 2011. When my parents decided to send me to Florida from Houston Texas, I knew that they had reached their last resort. I was so far gone into the darkness of drugs and alcohol they didn’t know what to do anymore. So I came unwillingly across the country to try to make my parents happy.
I didn’t know I had a problem until I met the other teenagers in the program. I never understood that my drug use had become an addiction. I didn’t know what AA was or NA. When I went to my very first meeting ever with the group of girls. My eyes were opened. I learned so much and I did my best get sober. When I discharged, unfortunately I got sucked back into my old ways. I was in and out of treatment centers when I came back to Houston.
Long story short it took me a long time to get it right but I have finally been sober over a year now. My sobriety date is July 23, 2014. This is the longest consecutive time I have been sober ever in my life and I am loving it. My husband and I are going on our 3rd year of marriage (I met him in AA) and we have two beautiful children together. Even though I didn’t stay sober after inspirations, I still feel like I owe so much gratitude to this program and the staff.
They introduced me to a life that I could love and have fun with being sober. I can’t remember a lot of the staffs names but they all played such a big role in my life. I would have never known about AA if not for inspirations. I wouldn’t have the coping skills, the knowledge about this disease that so many and myself struggle with. I honestly wouldn’t have my family if it didn’t start in those rooms of your treatment center. By the grace of God I’m sober today and God willing for the rest of my life. Thank you so much.