Not Alone

Denise Dobbins
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

I am a recovering opiate addict. I used for 22 years and have been sober for 28 years. After treatments and detoxes for many years, my Higher Power opened my eyes while I was in a dumpster looking for used syringes I had thrown away earlier that morning. I had an all powerful feeling that I did not have to do this thing alone anymore. I climbed out of the dumpster, went home, and hit my knees. Nine years later I opened a recovery program for women and 12 years after that, a men’s program. There are too many rewarding parts of my journey to just name one. Recovery IS possible. I give God all the glory for helping me learn to do the work to have the life I have today. I have gratitude every day knowing I don’t ever have to go back to not having a choice on how I live my life today.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

My recovery is the greatest gift! It allows me to be a part of my family and live my life today! It has opened my eyes to what life is truly all about. Loving each other. I am forever grateful to God and those who helped me get to where I am today.