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These are just a few of the many stories women have shared about their life-changing experiences in our residential substance use treatment program.

I know how to live a sober life

“Thanks to The Haven, I became a strong, independent woman. I know how to live a sober life. They helped me get back on my feet, to believe in myself. I know now that I can care for my children by myself if I have to. People here help me with my kids if I have questions. I know now that I can pay my bills. I see a whole new life in front of me.” – Lin

I found hope at The Haven

“The biggest thing I got from The Haven was hope: hope that life could be better. I am still friends with some of those residents from The Haven. We went through a lot together. After graduating from The Haven, three of us went to Aftercare for so long that they graduated us from Aftercare. So then we started doing weekly groups at my house. We did that for years.” – Bridget

I have so much to be grateful for

“After finishing treatment at The Haven, I went to Phoenix to ask to get my nursing license back. They said I could be reinstated, but I first had to do ten things. (They wanted me to do things like attend AA meetings, give the Board monthly reports from others, and tell any new boss about my former drug use.) I started working again and volunteered at The Haven helping others. I have so much to be grateful for: trips to Europe, having fun with my dogs, meaningful relationships. The Haven helped me to find the real me.” – Carmen

I focused on myself and got honest

“I had been in treatment so much before The Haven, but I was very defiant. I had done little that they asked and then relapsed. Defiance is still strong in me. At The Haven I felt really safe. I was here for eight months and did not want to leave. I started taking direction from my sponsor. She has been my sponsor for nine years now. I focused on myself and got honest. I have been working steadily since leaving The Haven.” – Ivy

I have been clean for over two years

“If it wasn’t for The Haven, I would not be the person I am today. It is a hard program and even harder when you don’t want it. But give it a chance; they know what they are doing there. Being clean is the best feeling and yes, drugs can make you feel that way too. But being clean and living life with the rest of the world is that much better. It is very hard work to earn the trust and respect of people you have let down, but it is rewarding when you finally get it back.” – Name withheld