Women in Recovery: Celeste’s Story
Alcoholism and drug addiction strikes everyone, no discrimination. Many stories are about men who have overcome their addiction, but there are countless women in recovery who are helping people overcome their disease. We’re continuing our “Women in Recovery” series with Celeste’s story of recovery.
“My name’s Celeste. I grew up in a loving home and was adopted by two incredible people who have been great parents. I’m lucky. We moved to Dallas and I had a great childhood, but I remember feeling a lack of belonging. My parents spoiled me, but I never felt fulfilled.
My first addiction was shopping – I would steal my parent’s credit cards knowing how much I could charge at specific stores without getting caught. I bought, bought, bought trying to feel ‘okay.’ At 15, I developed an eating disorder thinking that was normal. It wasn’t anything super obvious, in fact many girls in my area had similar behaviors.
At 17, I discovered alcohol and my disease progressed quickly. I just didn’t love myself and didn’t know any other way to feel that besides cocaine and drinking. Within a year, I found myself in the hospital for my addiction. I escalated substances to cocaine and OxyContin in addition to alcohol, and soon I found myself in blackouts regularly. I was in a dark place, and felt lost. Hopeless.
My eating disorder kept escalating, my alcoholism and drug addiction progressed in the forms of arrests and academic probation, and soon found myself going down the rabbit hole. It escalated far quicker than I ever could’ve imagined. Within a four year period, only 3 years out of high school where I lived a carefree life, I found myself facing depression, addiction and misdemeanors. Here I was, a girl with every opportunity one could wish for, who came from a loving family, but none of that mattered. Having never experienced recovery, I didn’t know where to turn or even assume that I may be an addict. I was just 20 years old when I received the chance to get help for my disease at an inpatient treatment center, and latched on hoping something would change.
I checked into treatment on February 17th, 2013 and have not used or drank since. At first, I wasn’t interested in getting sober, in fact, the fourth day of treatment was my 21st birthday and I wanted to be anywhere but rehab. I just wanted to control my emotions and feel happy. When I started doing the work, I felt better. What recovery has done for me is taught me I am worthy and I am good enough.
A little over 4 years later without ever having a legal drink, life continues to get bigger. The first year was so simple because it was all about the basics. I surrounded myself with older women who wanted to stay sober and were positive role models of solid women in recovery.
My second year was all about emotional stability and how to be balanced. I turned to people who had more time and took their advice. That’s when I began diving into my yoga and meditation practice.
After being involved in a long-term relationship with another addict struggling with their sobriety, I continued my spiritual growth through an additional recovery program for families in my third and fourth years of sobriety. Through this, I have seen addiction from the other side and fought even harder to enlarge my spiritual life and be helpful to the newcomer. This process hasn’t been easy and I have not always acted gracefully, but I have learned to be more loving and compassionate, to consider others even more often, and to be aware of my actions.
Through yoga, meditation, my growing relationships, and my recovery, I’ve been able to find my voice and become in tune with myself. It’s helped me find internal happiness and spiritual growth.”
There are many more stories just like Celeste’s, recovery is possible. Our drug and alcohol rehab in Austin, Texas treats all forms of the disease of addiction with a focus on opioid and heroin. If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction or heroin addiction, get help now. Infinite Recovery offers a confidential hotline at (844) 206-9063 and our admissions team is available 24/7 online.