Alcoholism affects everyone around the alcoholic. Some describe an untreated alcoholic as a tornado destroying everything and everyone around them. We have found that once an alcoholic finds a solution to their seemingly hopeless condition, they are able to repair relationships and help other alcoholics. Additionally, they can become productive and wonderful members of the community, their workplace, and their families.
At Taylor Made Retreat our goal is to help individuals gain sobriety through working the 12 steps. Through this process, they can find a new perspective, a sense of freedom, and ultimately have a spiritual experience. These four women were truly at their “bottom” but found a solution at Taylor Made Retreat. They have continued to grow in their lives and communities. All of these women have recently become parents. The relationships they have with their children and families are beautiful. All four women maintain their connection with Taylor Made Retreat, and they all continue in recovery. They are surrounded by love and support.
Isabelle came to Taylor Made Retreat in October 2019 after being in multiple rehabs. She was referred to as a “chronic relapser” who continued to drink after leaving treatment. While at Taylor Made, she finally surrendered and embraced a program of recovery utilizing the 12 steps. Her obsession to drink was removed, and she celebrated 3 years of sobriety this past October. The best gift of sobriety came when she and her husband gave birth to their daughter Lucy in 2021. Isabelle loves being a mother and is thrilled to be providing a sober home for her daughter. Isabelle is still working with her sponsor whom she met while at Taylor Made, and works to help other women get sober as well.
After years of battling an addiction to Heroin, Stephanie came to Taylor Made in April 2019. She stayed at the retreat for a year and experienced the psychic change needed to live a life free from drugs and alcohol. In addition to healing from her addiction, she was able to begin healing from the grief of losing her mother to the same disease. Stephanie celebrated 3 years of sobriety in March of 2022 and is a very active member of the sober community in Portland. She was working full-time until she gave birth to her son in November of 2022. She is embracing motherhood and is also a loving stepmom to her partner’s two sons.
Amanda came to Taylor Made after being unable to quit drinking. She described her life as hopeless, overwhelming, and impossible. Amanda always wanted to be a mom and was very excited when she found out she was pregnant. Amanda was so in love with her daughter Olive when she was born, but unfortunately, her alcoholism progressed. Amanda spent most of her time isolating and drinking. When life got too difficult, and Amanda needed help, she was led to Taylor Made Retreat where she learned to incorporate the 12 steps into her life. She no longer has the desire to drink and is finding joy in just being present with her daughter and joining in her excitement in discovering the world. Amanda also is active in supporting others in recovery and spends a lot of time at the retreat.
Becca arrived at Taylor Made Retreat after spending months in Mexico on an extended vacation. She arrived pretty banged up from months of partying. Becca hung on to the “party girl” attitude for a little while until she realized she wanted to truly recover. Becca completed the steps at the retreat and has had a complete shift in her whole being. Becca 2.0 is a kind and compassionate member of the recovery community. Becca has been supporting a meeting at Taylor Made for months and maintains contact with the retreat. She continues to stay in contact with alumni and support other women in their recovery. This past summer Becca and her partner adopted a German Shepherd puppy. They are also very excited to be welcoming their son into the world in January.
The lives these women have created were impossible prior to obtaining freedom from their disease of addiction and alcoholism. We at Taylor Made Retreat love watching such beautiful lives unfold when individuals surrender to a recovery program.