My name is Teri and I am am addict and an alcoholic. My clean/sobriety date is 1-19-2009. I am a 55 year old woman who has not picked up a drug or a drink in over 9 years. I came to know Nadine Steele through the IROC program in March of 2009.
Nadine was my counselor in the IROC program. I had never been introduced to recovery before that time, and thought I was too old to start. I sat in our groups and listened to all the young women, wishing I had that opportunity when I was young. I soon realized, through the gentle counseling of Nadine, this was my opportunity, and Nadine taught me that my Higher Power brought me to this program and recovery when it was my time. Nadine taught me to love myself just the way I am. She taught me that through loving myself, I could finally give and receive love.
Over these past 9 years, I have been working in treatment for 5 years, I have gone back to school and will soon be certified by the state of California to be a counselor, if I so choose. I have lost both my parents and was with my dad when he took his last breath. I have also become a grandmother, one of the greatest gifts of recovery so far. Every time a significant life event happens, I still hear Nadine’s soft voice walking me through the pain as well as the joy.
I consider Nadine a true friend today. I believe she has worked miracles in so many women’s lives, there are too many to count. I believe she is doing what she is meant to do and I wish her all the success and happiness she deserves.