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Lizz B. came to Casa in 2012, experiencing seizures from epilepsy, depression and suicidal thoughts. She arrived for what she thought was a quick tour of the facility with her mother, which turned out to be an intervention that would arrest what had amounted to years of drinking and using and lead her toward her new journey in recovery.

“I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2010 and I just gave up. I was tired of everything, so I started drinking because I felt worthless. After a couple of years of that, I was blacking out at home, drinking heavily on my medication and I was suicidal. I wasn’t leaving my house for days. My life became very small. I was just drinking, smoking and sleeping.   “My mother told me to look up Casa online because she thought I could benefit from going there, but I made excuses for not doing that. Then, she caught me on a day I hadn’t been drinking and said ‘let’s just go on a tour.’ I agreed to go. It was pouring down rain and I wasn’t expecting to stay, but my mother had already arranged to admit me for 90 days. I cried for two weeks. I did not want to be here. I was in denial. I didn’t think I had a problem. I thought maybe I just needed to rest for a while

“Finally, after sitting in meetings and groups for a couple of weeks, I woke up one morning and realized that I was meant to be here and I finally admitted that I was an alcoholic. “Casa has opened up my world. I’m healthy now. I’m no longer having seizures. I’m working as a sober living manager here, and I’ve enrolled in school. My plans are to eventually get my degree in drug and alcohol counseling so that I can help other people who are struggling with alcohol and drugs just like I was.”

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