Leslie, 50, came to Casa in 2010, homeless and suffering after 25 years of alcohol and drug abuse. She entered treatment after spending 90 days in jail. She was forced to give up her five children, was estranged from her family, and facing three years in state prison.
“I was completely defeated and broken and did not know where I would turn. My public defender had several years of sobriety and was a supporter of Casa. He told me that this program could work for me, if I was willing. Considering the alternative, which was prison, I decided to give it my best shot.”
“After about 30 days in treatment, finding a way to love myself and love others through the other women in the program, that willingness began to come naturally. I started working the steps and dove into this program of recovery as if my life depended on it, which it did.”
“Today, I am happy to say I am back at Casa, but this time, not as a resident, but as a program assistant and house manager. I also oversee one of our sober living units. Through my work in recovery I not only get to help other women to feel safe, loved and hopeful, I also get to keep my sobriety. I’m enrolled in the Drug and Alcohol Counseling program at Glendale Community College. I’ve made the dean’s list, was nominated for a scholarship and will graduate in June 2013. I am so grateful for my life and the love and support I get here at Casa. My roots are here. I owe Casa my life.Leslie K., Alumna
Lizz B. came to Casa in 2012, experiencing seizures from epilepsy, depression and suicidal thoughts. She arrived for what she thought was a quick tour of the facility with her mother, which turned out to be an intervention that would arrest what had amounted to years of drinking and using and lead her toward her new journey in recovery.
“I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2010 and I just gave up. I was tired of everything, so I started drinking because I felt worthless. After a couple of years of that, I was blacking out at home, drinking heavily on my medication and I was suicidal. I wasn't leaving my house for days. My life became very small. I was just drinking, smoking and sleeping. “My mother told me to look up Casa online because she thought I could benefit from going there, but I made excuses for not doing that. Then, she caught me on a day I hadn't been drinking and said ‘let's just go on a tour.’ I agreed to go. It was pouring down rain and I wasn't expecting to stay, but my mother had already arranged to admit me for 90 days. I cried for two weeks. I did not want to be here. I was in denial. I didn't think I had a problem. I thought maybe I just needed to rest for a while
“Finally, after sitting in meetings and groups for a couple of weeks, I woke up one morning and realized that I was meant to be here and I finally admitted that I was an alcoholic. “Casa has opened up my world. I’m healthy now. I’m no longer having seizures. I’m working as a sober living manager here, and I've enrolled in school. My plans are to eventually get my degree in drug and alcohol counseling so that I can help other people who are struggling with alcohol and drugs just like I was.”Lizz B., Alumna
Morgan arrived at Casa in October 2012. She’d just turned 20 years old and alcohol had become her coping tool for dealing with the death of her father. She’d totaled her car while drinking and suffered from crippling depression. When she finally hit bottom, she asked for help and found her way to Casa. “At 19 I was severely depressed. I started drinking after school every day and it wasn’t long before I just couldn’t stop. I would hide bottles in my room, pour alcohol in my juice and drink it in front of my mother. I was so sick. I would drink alone every night and I drank to pass out. I knew I had a problem and I finally got the courage to ask for help. “When I came to Casa I was terrified. I thought I was going to come in and fix this little problem and then go back to drinking. I stayed 30 days in residential and then reluctantly moved into sober living. In sober living I realized I didn’t want to leave. The community of women were like a little family to me. I was making friends that were all trying to stay sober and I was very happy here. I offered to stay another month and then another one and now it’s going on two years. “I turned 21 in sobriety. I went to Spain last year to visit family and I stayed sober on that trip. I have a good job working as a dental assistant. My mother attends family group here and our relationship, as well as my relationship with other family members, has changed dramatically. When I was drinking, I couldn’t look in the mirror. Coming to Casa has helped me deal with my addiction, but I’ve also regained my self-esteem and confidence.”Morgan A., Alumna
Evonne E., 32, came to Casa in February 2012 after multiple drunk driving convictions, struggling in and out of other treatment facilities and finally, facing life on the streets. "Before I got here, I was isolating in a corner in my room at my mom’s house. I couldn't let go of that bottle. It was like a baby to me. I had it in my arms nonstop and I’d count pennies, recycle cans, whatever it took to go get my hands on more. My mom had always tried hard to support me, but this time it was so bad that she told me I needed to either get into Casa and get help, or stay on the streets. I decided to enter treatment at Casa and I ended up in residential for three months. “After my first month, I woke up, so sick of my story, sick of doing the same thing over and over again. I kept hearing “give this a try.” So I decided to erase everything I knew from previous trips to treatment and started following the rules. I began working with my counselor and doing what I was directed to do. This time I was just willing to do what it took and I started to break down some walls and see some changes in myself. “My life is so much better now. I have a job and I am in sober living here at Casa. I’m repairing my relationship with my mother. We talk now about the things mothers and daughters should be talking about. I’m trusted again by my family and I’m rebuilding those relationships that I had torn apart. I’m grateful for the opportunity I received for a second chance at life. Casa has given that to me and I don’t think I could have come this far, this fast without Casa. That’s something I will never forget.Evonne E., Alumna