At 26, Amie is an alcoholic. Her addiction, clouding her ability to make positive choices, cost her custody of three children. Aimee is a good mom. She loves her children desperately and it’s why she is living at CHD’s Grace House and learning to live sober.
At CHD’s Grace House in Northampton and at our Two Rivers Recovery Program for Women and Children in Greenfield, we provide a safe and sober environment that is relevant, consistent and nurturing. Our parenting and children’s services support mothers in achieving and/or maintaining reunification with their children. A pressing goal for Amie. We provide the necessary assistance and advocacy in securing stable housing, help them prepare to enter or re-enter the work force, and we are a leader in providing quality treatment programming that supports mothers in their journey of early recovery.
Our CHD case managers have specialized training and certification in alcohol and substance use treatment. In addition, all program staff receive basic training in therapeutic recovery models. Daily activities at the house include the following groups and activities: Seeking Safety (trauma treatment), Yoga, nutrition, relapse prevention, trauma recovery and empowerment, substance use education, parenting and postpartum support among others. Through her participation in Grace House, Amie receives all the supports and services she needs to help her maintain long-term sobriety.
By sticking to the program and remaining committed to her life’s goal, she has been able to regain the custody of her two youngest children who live with her at Grace House. She has a stabilizing routine which allows her to live a life with her children — as a mom – a good mom.
Amie has had to come face-to-face with her demons. She fully accepts responsibility for what she has done to herself and subsequently to her family. As she now openly shares, she ‘played the blame game’ for a long time and all of this was ‘everybody else’s fault. ‘
Today, from her own, new apartment, Amie greets you with her head held high, an air of confidence and a laser focus on the road ahead. This model, where women and their children live and work together as a collective group, proves invaluable to the treatment process. She has seen some women unable to forgive themselves but she knows she has to do it to move forward. She sees herself as a strong woman who can now go out and do this on her own. “I lost everything alone and I got it all back alone.”
As you speak with her, you also understand how focused she is on regaining a life with her three children. She is working to regain the custody of her oldest daughter and she now talks about a future that includes going to college, perhaps to work in criminal justice to ultimately play a role in helping others who have been in her shoes. Because of the dedicated work of the Grace House staff, Amie has been to develop important and lifelong tools to live in sobriety. Today, Amie pictures a new life. One that is full with laughter, love and lessons learned. Thank you CHD and thank you, for your support.