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Sam grew up in a family that was immersed in an addictive culture. Being around drugs, using drugs, selling drugs; Sam said that drugs were the only way of life that seemed possible. Sam came into Willamette Family Treatment Services fighting for life and came out with the space and skills to build the foundation for life with the belief that ‘I will live for the rest of my life.”
Sara stated her addiction started from trauma and she was searching for happiness but looking in all the wrong places. She looked for happiness in men, drugs, and other relationships when she was trying to find the happiness in her heart. She spent every day in her addiction as what she would call, “a battle” and wanted to seek change. She stated “Buckley gives a sense of everything will be okay, and it’s a comforting place to go. It doesn’t matter what you look like when you show up, they treat you with respect and dignity.” She chose Willamette Family because Cheshire Women’s Residential allowed her daughter to be placed with her immediately. Listen to the rest of her story and see how Willamette Family gave her the tools to change her life.
Carla and Eric were together on and off during their active life out in addiction, their lives were chaotic, there was lots of struggle, and even lost their kids because of their lifestyle. Listen to Carla and Eric tell their individual stories of what their life was like before Willamette Family. Going through Willamette Family’s programs they were able to understand that addiction is a disease, often passed down generational. Their lives now, as they stated is “amazing, we never thought we’d be where we are now. Willamette Family saved our lives.”.
Chelsea would describe the first eight years of her life as ‘picture perfect’, right before her mom fell back into her active addiction. Feeling like her home was unsafe and not having positive support from an adult figure, she turned to alcohol and drugs. “Wondering with no sense of direction” and losing her child to DHS, Chelsea decided to seek treatment. There were multiple relapses during her journey, but she was able to start self-identifying some of the old behaviors and return to Willamette Family again. She stated she would always be welcomed back with open arms and more support than she realized. Willamette Family helped her transform her entire life and be a type of parent which her children deserved.
Phil was an off and on heroin addict who made the decision to come to Willamette Family because he didn’t want to lose his family. Listen to his story and describe how the various programs at Willamette Family helped him to his journey of recovery. Phil describes his stay the Carlton Men’s Residential housing as strict, but the people want to see him succeed. He then transitioned into the Dad’s Program where they allowed his son Noah to stay with him, taught Phil how to build a connection with Noah, and how to live a life together. Phil stated, “The Carlton house being a drug and alcohol treatment center that focuses on behaviors is what changed my life. The Dad’s Program is something I never knew existed. There is something different about Willamette Family.”
Jennifer and Graham used to live in their car and get high all the time, even when Jennifer was pregnant. Jennifer was aware she would be unable to keep the new born baby, Kaycee if she didn’t get clean. She wanted to get clean but couldn’t find the willpower to do so. Kaycee’s arrival triggered a sense of responsibility for Jennifer and Graham to redirect their lives, and be able to care for her new daughter and each other. Jennifer stated Cheshire Women’s Residential housing made her feel real at home, and having Kaycee there with her made it easier to go through treatment. Graham went to the Carlton Men’s Residential living to make a change in his life because he didn’t want Kaycee to see him how he was before. Listen to their story and how Kaycee inspired the motivation, purpose, and start of a new chapter for Jennifer and Graham.
This is a mother’s tale, from Kimberly, about her life before Willamette Family and how the services made an impact on her life, for the better. Kimberly gave birth to her son who had to stay in the NCU for 2 months after being born weighing only 3 pounds. She was living with the baby’s father when things started to escalate in the house and Kimberly wanted to seek a clean and sober life with her son. Given the living situation, she lost custody of the child and wanted to leave treatment but Willamette Family staff convinced her to stay and there might be a possibility she can get her son back. Kimberly stayed and went through, Cheshire Women’s Residential, Intensive Outpatient, and recovery housing, and was able to get her son back, permanently. Kimberly stated, “I never thought I’d see this day in my life, Willamette Family is really awesome; they saved my life. They helped me and never gave up on me, even when I wanted to give up on myself.”