Barb’s Story

I started drinking when I had to place my mom in hospice care. She was sick, suffering, and sleeping all the time and I didn’t know how to cope. When she passed away, my husband of 26 years asked for a divorce. I had been with him since I was 18 years old. He left me for his girlfriend. My drinking problem became so extreme that my house was foreclosed. But, for some reason, I just didn’t care. I walked out of the door and left every material possession that mattered to me—my pictures and my memories—behind.

At that point, my brother, daughter and son all got involved. They wanted me to start treatment for alcoholism, but there was a waiting period to get into the MECCA Services treatment center. I had to be completely sober when I arrived. My brother decided to live with me for the four days before I could get in, because he didn’t think I would make it.

With his help, I got into MECCA and completed 28 days of treatment. I moved on to Beacon of Life at the beginning of June 2014. I had been clean and sober since the middle of May that year, but it was the Beacon that saved my life. They gave me the tools and the programming I needed to be in a much better place. A lot of us who have graduated from the program still keep in touch. I am currently the housemother and a mentor at the Beacon and sometimes I even work overnight. I’ll do anything I can to help the women there who were like me when I arrived. The support I was given from Keshia, Julie, and the other residents has been incredibly empowering. I wish there were more people like them in the world.

Before I came to the Beacon, I almost lost my life twice and was hospitalized due to my drinking. I have no desire to ever go back to that place because Beacon of Life helped me move past the anger and the hatred that once fueled my addiction. I now have a leadership position at my job and am looking at properties for when I leave the Beacon. Life is good!

I was able to heal at Beacon of Life. Thanks to the structure and support of its people and programming, I was given the chance to become strong again with a fresh start. This place is home – a place to go for safety and love. I owe my life to the Beacon, and I plan on coming back to volunteer whenever I they need me.

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