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Latrice's Story

“Every day I learn something new about myself, about how to live a life free from substance use.”

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In an interview at Somerset House, Latrice shares her experiences, shedding light on the challenges and victories of her recovery journey. Latrice notes that her life before Caz was marked by significant turmoil, influenced heavily by personal traumas and the overwhelming grip of substance use disorder. “I was numbing the deep pain from what I was going through, and nobody could understand how I felt,” Latrice recalls. Her battles led to a profound moment of realization, spurred by a heart-wrenching fear from her daughter: “The one biggest thing that my daughter was scared and worried about was getting a phone call saying that they found me dead.”

A Wake-Up Call 

This grave fear expressed by her daughter was the beginning of Latrice’s commitment to change. Latrice’s recovery journey started two years ago at Madonna House, followed by a more committed phase at Somerset House where she has been since June. “I thought I had it the first time, but I didn’t,” Latrice admits, reflecting on her recurrence of use and the ongoing battle for sobriety. Now, at Somerset House, Latrice embraces the program’s culture of change, learning to adjust her environment and the people within it to support her recovery process. The program at Caz emphasizes self-care and provides her with the tools to build her resilience against the triggers of addiction.

Embracing Recovery at Caz

Caz gave Latrice the support necessary to address the underlying issues fueling her addiction. She had suffered abuse at a young age and struggled with the scars it left. As a young woman, Latrice turned to substances as a way to numb the pain and cope with the unresolved trauma. In her individual and group counseling sessions, Latrice now engages deeply with the therapeutic process which helps her maintain her sobriety one day at a time. Latrice shares, “This time around, I’m paying attention and I care more about my recovery.” At Caz, personalized support has been crucial to her recovery.

Rebuilding and Looking Forward

Latrice’s transformation at Caz has been profound, and she has a new perspective on life. Her life is now governed by motivation, dedication, and the unwavering support of the Caz community. “Recovery for me means having a purpose, and something to live for, which I found in the future I’m building.” This is a daily commitment for Latrice. She is also motivated by her newfound self-worth and the desire to be present for her family. Through counseling and individualized guidance, she has learned to manage her temper and anger, which were once outlets for her deeper emotional pain. Today, Latrice is focused on rebuilding the relationships with her daughters and continuing her personal development. Latrice loves cosmetology and also has an interest in the healthcare industry. She is considering different trades where she can use her experiences to inspire and mentor others facing similar challenges.

Inspiring Others

Latrice’s journey is a powerful narrative of overcoming adversity through resilience and support. “Every day I learn something new about myself, about how to live a life free from substance use,” she states, emphasizing the ongoing nature of recovery. Latrice wants the community to understand the complexities of recovery. It’s not just about abstaining from substances but about rebuilding one’s life and identity. It requires a strong state of mind, dedication to one’s well-being, and a community that supports each step towards recovery. Latrice hopes her story will encourage others facing similar challenges. “It’s a struggle, but it’s worth every step. If I can do it, so can you,” she asserts, aiming to spread a message of hope and the importance of seeking help.

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