The Path to Recovery: Women fighting addiction find a safe haven at Path of Grace

Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

Raville spent two days in detox at Bridgeway Center , and entered into the Canaan program, a long-term, faith-based program for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. With her and her husband looking for addiction recovery, they had no choice but to give up their home and belongings to fully commit to getting help. Raville moved into the Path of Grace home with 12 other women and began her path to recovery.

"One good thing about living with the women is it helps you grow a bond you've never had before," she said.

Women in the program must attend AA meetings, Bible study, group therapy and one-on-one therapy.

"I learned how to forgive, to let go of resentment, how to deal and cope and how to live life on life's terms," Raville said. "It totally changed me. I'm all around a better person, even better than before my addiction.'

Bonding occurs outside of the home, as well, since women work together in the Path of Grace thrift store. All of the money earned in the store supports Canaan Recovery. While women in the program help serve the organization that serves them, they are also building skills and work ethic.

"Most of us haven't had jobs in a while; it teaches you to get up and go to work every day," Raville explained. "We do all the pick-ups and deliveries. We'll show up at someone's house and they'll say they were expecting men, but they're impressed when we lift up those couches."

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