Hello my name is Josephine Nyame and this is my story. It started about 15 years ago when I was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine. I was very depressed and I was really going through a lot in my life. My children were affected by it and it was such a horrible thing for a mother to go through. I was surrounded by the wrong people and the wrong atmosphere. I was doing things that weren't right and I didn't feel good about myself at all. I finally realized that this was not the right life for me.
I admitted myself into the Presbyterian hospital for the outpatient program in March of 2004. I was so scared, but I knew that I had to do it for myself and for my children who are all grown now. On this day, I was transported to the Keystone Mercy Treatment Center in West Chester, Pa. I received the best care and the best help. This was something that I didn't want to do, but I did. I went to all the groups and classes which gave me the strength to do what I had to do.
In April 2004, I graduated from the program and my whole life was changed. It took a long time for my family and my friends and society to accept me again. But, I worked really hard to stay clean and continue with my recovery. Now 15 years later, life is just wonderful. I am happy with my family and my friends. I have a very good job and I have my peace of mind. I hope that my story is an inspiration to someone out there. Recovery is such a beautiful thing.