Stories of recovery and hope. The following are real letters from past and present Clients.
Before Peer Support and Taking Charge classes, I was this
meek, shy, scared, and negative person. I was always a victim. I
was a victim of my own abuse. I put myself down terribly, called
myself some nasty names and my husband did too. He also
physically abused me. I was so mentally and physically beat up
that I didn’t have any self-confidence, self-love, or
self-esteem. I was very suicidal when first attending classes. I
really believed I was going to be the first hopeless case in
Peer Support. I thought people could tell I was mentally ill,
just by looking, or talking to me. I was very insecure and
In Peer Support and Taking Charge classes I have learned that
although I may be helpless at times, I am not hopeless. I’m not
wrong, I am average, and he or she is not wrong but average.
This is something I needed to learn because I always thought of
myself as way below average. I’ve learned that my words and
vocabulary have worked against me in the past. I have also
learned to change an insecure thought to a secure thought. I
have learned that everyday stressors are a triviality compared
to my mental health. I’ve learned to put my mental health first
above all else.
The changes in me have been gradual. I’m no longer shy, I
don’t feel meek and scared all the time. I no longer think
negatively. I laugh a lot more. I am more patient and
understanding. I am kinder to myself, making me kinder to
others. I am no longer self-conscious and don’t care what others
think of me. I care about what I think of me. I have
self-confidence, self esteem, and self respect. I actually like
myself after 40 years of being my worst enemy. I’ve learned to
take responsibility for my life by not blaming others. I’ve
learned to take responsibility for my life by not blaming
others, and I have learned forgiveness.
I cannot brag enough on how my once negative thinking has
changed to positive thinking. My whole outlook on life has
changed for the better. I am learning to step out of my comfort
zone by attending functions, dinners, and get togethers. Fear is
no longer in control of me as I learn to control the fear. The
inner peace I feel is so worth the few hours I spend a week at
the classes. I was able to quit smoking because of the tools I
learned in Peer Support. I have had setbacks and go back to my
old habits sometimes, but I recognize them right away and
practice, practice, practice the method, because they really do
work, I’m living proof.
I also give credit to my Doctor, and Counselor for their help in my recovery.