“Before I arrived at Stepping Stone, I had no hope for myself. Being in and out of treatments and institutions for a couple of years, with little success, had really taken a toll on my ability to picture life any other way. I was really at the end of my rope, with my family, law enforcement, and what friends I had left. While in the last treatment center I attended, I had a moment of clarity and I asked myself, “what is going to make this time different?” The truth is, I had been drinking and using from such a young age I had no idea who I was or how to live.
I knew I needed a safe and sober environment, and found Stepping Stone. I was provided with the space, time and support to start figuring that who I was. It started with the small stuff like making my bed in the morning; learning how to show up on time, and to building and maintaining meaningful relationships that I still have today.
I was encouraged to pursue dreams that I had and given the support that I needed.
At Stepping Stone, I studied and took the LSAT, ultimately deciding to pursue a Masters in Counseling and Community Mental Health. Now at the age of 26, I am capable of feeling a purpose. The staff at Stepping Stone was always available, compassionate, and held me and other residents accountable. My months at Stepping Stone was truly the best gift I ever received. I learned how to be a sane, sober woman.”
“While Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, Stepping Stone gave me a new beginning to life. I came to Stepping Stone almost 17 years ago, grabbing the gift of desperation, but also not entirely appreciating it at first. I had spent, at the age of 55, many years, many consequences trying to get and stay sober, with small periods of sobriety. I had been to 9 different treatment avenues, several DWIs and I had always been rescued and enabled. This time was different. My husband said goodbye to me and said he just wanted his wife back. I was still resentful and angry that I did not have it my way, even at that moment.
When I crossed the threshold of Stepping Stone, I felt immediately at home and knew I was in the right place, if I was willing, honest and open from that moment. I believe I was. I was there for 6 months and during that time, I worked the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with my sponsor; climbed the many steps of Stepping Stone and as soon as I could, focused on what I could do to pay back what I had received at this wonderful, supportive place.
I received the guidance, support and love I needed at this home and since that time, I have tried to pay back what I can for what I received knowing it will never be enough.
I started volunteering, sponsoring and finally went on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board ofStepping Stone. I continue to let women know that there is no more supportive place, if we are desperate enough to be willing to do the work to get, remain and help others to do the same.”
“Stepping Stone is a clean and safe home with an emphasis on ending the addict’s isolation. Our women support each other, and alcohol and illicit drug use are not tolerated.”
– Stepping Stone staff member
“At Stepping Stone, I found the support I needed to stay sober. I learned the meaning of friendship, responsibility and security. I felt safe. I felt hope. I was given the opportunity to focus 100% on my sobriety, yet was able to function in the outside world. I was given structure and the ability to make healthy choices. By the time I completed my stay at Stepping Stone, my foundation of recovery was built. I had been given the tools I needed to transition to a new life as a sober woman. I am so grateful to Stepping Stone. I don’t know that I could have come this far without them.”
– Stepping Stone graduate
“I give to Stepping Stone because I can see the light of recovery and healing in the eyes of the residents. Stepping Stone is unique in its emphasis on work, education and community service. Residents learn how to function in the world while being supported by fellow women in recovery, a caring staff and a structured environment.”
– Stepping Stone donor
“I was a resident at Stepping Stone for one year. I arrived at Stepping Stone so broken and crazy, for lack of a better word, that I did not believe I would ever be able to live a normal life again and, at the same time, knew that I would most certainly die from alcoholism and drug addiction. With support from the staff and women at Stepping Stone, I was cared for and loved with understanding and compassion. I began to move from hopeless to hopeful.
I pulled myself together and got a job at a coffee shop with just 30 days of sobriety under my belt. Stepping Stone provided me with structure, education and emotional support and a warm and safe house to live in, which is what I so desperately needed; they helped me get my head on straight which was a pretty tall order!
I know I would not be here if it weren’t for this place, and even though I had fallen so far down the ladder and caused so much damage in my life, positive changes started happening to me and the impossible began to be possible. My disease destroyed any integrity and self respect I had; it deprived me of my family and my child for years and left me a shell of human being.
When I got to Stepping Stone I became part of a community of women who struggled just like I did and we huddled together and walked through some really hard times together in the beginning. But we also shared the wonderful things that started happening in our lives as a result of being sober, and I am still friends with some of these ladies today.
My life is so different than it was almost nine years ago. I have had some wonderful experiences and felt such happiness since then. I have also had challenges that at times were scary and uncertain, but I have made it through and come out the other side a better person. All because I did not pick up a drink or drug and did the next right thing. That is a miracle!
I am happy to say that my daughter and my family are back in my life and I am in their lives. And I have a wealth of true friends.
My hope is that whoever reads this will jump at the opportunity to save her life; emerge with a better life and live with dignity and respect. Stepping Stone is a special place and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.”
– Stepping Stone graduate
“While living at Stepping Stone I learned basic life skills. My program included group therapy, relapse prevention, relationship building and anger management. I use the skills I learned there to stay sober every day in my life.”
– Stepping Stone graduate
“Today I’m celebrating my 6th year in sobriety and of course I think of Stepping Stone. I could not have gotten here without the care and attention I received from the moment I walked in the door of this loving recovery home. Your talented staff of counselors, therapists, and network of practitioners held my hand through many a journey within my 18 months there.
When I thought I would never be able to get a job again, they gave me hope and strength to transition into my new life of sobriety. When they told me there are consequences to poor behavior, I now understand and apply this to all aspects of my life in decision making and holding commitments. When I struggled with not drinking, Stepping Stone helped remind of the severity of this disease of addiction and gave me tools to work through it.
Stepping Stone taught me how to live a happy and productive life in sobriety, and for that I am grateful.
Stepping Stone saved my life and gave me a new one. It was by far one of the best gifts in my life. If you have the chance to be part of this family, do it. If you’re committed to sobriety, are willing to work for it, and want to start a new life with the love and support of other women, you will be amazed before you are one day through.
I thank Stepping Stone from the bottom of my heart.”
– Stepping Stone graduate