Education Director Denise Achee: Hi! Thank you for coming in and wanting to share your experience. How has it been here at Inspirations for you?
Julia S: It’s been really good. I learned a lot from this program. It taught me a lot and I like feel like I’m ready to go out in the open world and be successful.
DA: Tell me, what brought you to Inspirations?
JS: I was like getting out of control at home and then I was using drugs like pills and weed and it was just… really just like spinning out of control and then I came here and like it helped everything.
DA: Did you come here willingly or did you have an intervention?
JS: No. Well, my parents sent me here but like tricked me into coming here and I didn’t know what it was. So like, I didn’t know I was coming here.
DA: How did that feel?
JS: I was really upset and mad for a while at my parents but then like I realized that they just care for me and they wanted to help me, so like I took it as a good thing, like that I came here. And I’m happy about it now.
DA: What was happening with your school? Were you on track with your academics when you came here or did you get behind?
JS: I was really behind. I had bad grades and stuff.
DA: What happened at Inspirations with your education?
JS: I got all of my work back together and my Fs turned into like Cs, so now I’m not failing and I’m passing all my classes when before I was failing all of them.
DA: So you were able to take your midterms here? We proctored your mid-terms, right?
JS: Yes I took my midterms and I passed all of them with an A and I like got to do all the work that I failed.
DA: How do you feel about that?
JS: I’m really happy about it because like before I was like so depressed about how bad I was doing in school and now like, it’s just a relief that I’m actually doing good now like I have a chance at getting into college and everything.
DA: What did you learn most about yourself here?
JS: I learned that like I had a really bad attitude at home and like my life was turning into like…it was just getting really bad and then I like learned that if I stop using drugs, life will be better for me. I’ll get back on track. I learned that I just need to start caring about my life and not just like doing whatever I want because that’s not getting me anywhere.
DA: What are you going to do when you get home to change things?
JS: I’m not going to hang out with the friends who were using. I’m going to make sober friends. I’m going to really like try hard in school. I’m going to actually study and do my homework. I’m going to have a better life.
DA: Are you going to meeting when you get home? Is that one of your requirements?
JS: Yeah I’m going to be going to NA meetings and I’m going to have a therapist and everything like that.
DA: Well that’s great. How many days have you been here?
JS: I’ve been here for 60 days today.
JS: Thank you.
DA: Well you look beautiful.
JS: Thank you.
DA: You look happy and you look shiny and clear and you look like you’re ready to leave us.
DA: Which is our intention! With a big smile on your face.
DA: [laughs] Thank you so much. We appreciate your wanting to share your experience. It’s very helpful to others because I know in the beginning nobody ever thinks they have a problem, right?
DA: You realize that maybe you did have a problem.
JS: Yeah I did. [laughs]
DA: Alright. Thank you so much
JS: Alright, thank you.