Newsletters

Newsletters

Greetings fellow Alumni and Families! I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday season and is ready for the New Year. We in the alumni department put on our infamous holiday shows and caroled along in the 75 degree weather. Now that the New Year is here, I am trying to stick tightly to my resolutions. Since getting sober, I see resolutions in a much different sense, just as I see my sobriety. For instance, if my resolution is to stop eating fast food, I no longer say to myself, “I am not going to eat fast food for the entire…
The holidays are here and the Alumni Department will be putting on their infamous holiday shows at the facilities! We have all been practicing very hard in attempts to spread holiday cheer and laughter to all our friends and family! It is extremely important in my sobriety to surround myself with family and friends on the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for me to be physically there with my biological family but luckily I have made my Watershed family. I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have so much support since I’ve been sober. On the…
I hope that everyone enjoyed their Halloween and got plenty of candy to last the year! We are now gearing up for the holiday season. We will be having parties at our halfway house and TWA for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. And of course our alumni department will also be putting on our annual holiday shows at the facilities. I always hated the holidays growing up. The main reason was because I was forced to spend time with family which was painfully uncomfortable for me. To make it worse, my family celebrated both Christmas and Chanukah so it was…
As we all know, it is that spooky time of year again! We will be having our annual Halloween bash at TWA where the alumni department gets dressed up in our favorite costumes! Halloween was always difficult for me growing up because I always felt like it was a competition. I never felt my costume was scary or creative enough. I always felt like my friends were much “better” at Halloween than I was. After getting sober and doing a proper fourth and fifth step, I recognized these feelings to be a pattern. Just like my Halloween costume, I always…
A Goodbye Letter to the Main Contributor of this Newsletter from our Alumni Program Manager Gina Darr came to work in the Alumni Department 5 years ago, while still a resident at TWA. From the day she began there was one unmistakable trait about her that stood out – an intense desire to make a difference and a commitment to making that happen. Gina began as one of the first Alumni Coordinators, doing follow up calls with Alumni – ranging from those who left recently to those who had gone through years before, in an effort to offer both support…
What a long strange trip it’s been, this journey of mine here at The Watershed and I am writing to you for the last time as I embark upon the next adventure of my life. When I entered into the Boynton facility March 16, 2009 I never would have believed that five and half years later I would still be connected to this establishment. Not only was I shown that there was hope for a hopeless drug addict and alcoholic like myself, but I was loved until I was able to love myself. From a trembling shell of a woman…
Greetings Alumni and Families! Once again I seem to find myself in a place where I believe it is time for me to embark upon another growth spurt. Since coming into recovery some years back, this period of time consisting of feelings and emotions, is a reoccurring process which I can honestly say I seem to fight every time. Why is change, even in the littlest sense, such a scary thing for me? It’s not like God ever left me stranded to figure things out on my own. Nope, he was always there at each and every doorway, showing me…
Fear; that dreaded four letter word. Does it ever really go away? I remember before this journey into recovery ever began, anxiety was something that used to cripple me. I remember every time I tried to get sober, saying, if only my blood would stop racing I would have a chance - because back then I truly had no idea that what I was feeling was anxiety. I only knew that it felt as if my blood was going around and around a million miles an hour, to the point of wanting to crawl out of my own skin. Today,…
Greetings Fellow Alumni and Families, Suiting up and showing up isn’t something I struggle with today, but what comes next, is. This weekend, I harnessed up for my second time, and put my life in the hands of another human being. Willingly I showed up for what some say is an insane act, jumping out of a perfectly good plane. As I walked out on the runway - wind blowing, blood pumping - I looked over at the man whose life I knew nothing about. At that moment I asked myself, why was it so easy for me to willingly…