This is a personal story from a woman of Avalon. Names and identifying details have been removed.
The Avalon Women's Center has been the key to my heart.
My journey in sobriety began when I was a young mother. I went to meetings where I could bring my children. After another 10 years I came back after a second round of personal anguish, failed relationships and overall wreckage.
One resounding thought in my mind was to come to Avalon.
My first sober thoughts allowed me to see myself and my behavior with truth. The steps toward recovery were one part determination and resourcefulness, and another part spiritual awakening and deliverance.
It is my experience that sobriety is a process. Accepting life on life's terms while sorting out relationship issues, especially with men, requires a safe place to speak freely. This honesty allows for different levels of awareness and emotional sobriety to develop.
My ability to be open and compassionate to myself and others hinges on this honesty, as does my sobriety and recovery. This process demands an incredible amount of work, determination, courage and support.
My heart was like a slow blossoming flower coming to its source for light and nutrients in order to grow. Sometimes it was seasonal and at times my heart would close and hibernate.
It is well-known in the recovery community that we should seek the support of other women. I needed to build a program bigger than my problems which would require an individual feminine source of guidance and a group consciousness that could reflect a new reality.
My heart was like a slow blossoming flower coming to its source for light and nutrients in order to grow. Sometimes it was seasonal and at times my heart would close and hibernate. In this safe garden of Avalon I took these careful steps toward a new life. I received the tools, the programs and the resources to respond to daily interactions.
Avalon is a mother to the homeless orphan, it is a garden of community and belonging, it is a meal for the hungry spirit, it is a place for transformation.