At the urging of her husband, stepdad and friends, Shauna checked herself into Valley Hope residential treatment center in Parker, Colorado, in May of 2015. It took her five hard days to detox. After that, she spent a full month there learning about her disease and how to get the ongoing care she needs to manage it.
“Treatment was the best thing I ever did for myself,” she said. “If not for treatment, I would probably be homeless — or dead.”
When she returned to Steamboat, she started attending 12-step meetings and now leads a recovery group at Sk8 Church on Wednesday nights. She credits her group meetings with making her new life possible.
“They give me sober friends and people to support me, to let me know I’m not alone and I can do it. They help me examine why I drank, which is critical. And they’re free!” she said.
“Early in recovery, I couldn’t imagine my life without alcohol,” Shauna continued. “How would I go camping or skiing or hang out with my friends or do holidays without drinking? It’s about making hard choices sometimes. It’s a daily choice. You have to show up, do the work and be honest. But it’s so, so, so worth it.”
Shauna wants other Steamboat-area community members who may be struggling with AUD to know that there are many support and treatment options available nearby.
“There’s a strong local recovery community,” she said. “We’re a vacation town, so there’s lots of partying here, but there’s also recovery here. I got my life back. You can too.”