By Anonymous Recovery Café Longmont Member
Hitting rock bottom is different for everyone; for me it was an overwhelming realization that I no longer wanted to be alive. I saw the future of my life, enveloped in addiction and mental illness, as being completely hopeless. My last drink was on the same day I tried to kill myself, almost two months ago.
After a short hospitalization in a mental facility I needed somewhere to go where I felt safe and sobriety was highly encouraged. The Recovery Café Longmont has become that place for me. The members and volunteers at the Café legitimately care about one another and promote an environment of healing. I attend a weekly women’s Recovery Circle at the Café where we talk about our accomplishments and challenges from the previous week.
I’m always struck by how much the women in this Circle have in common; in many ways we feel broken by the hand that life has dealt us, but we become whole by sharing our experiences. There is nothing more comforting than the idea that you are not alone.
I’m not alone in my struggle with addiction and depression, and there are people in my life who want to see me succeed. Since joining Recovery Café I have almost two months of sobriety down and am working hard to find a new job and heal my mental health. I’m incredibly thankful a place like this exists in the community.