Finding a Voice in Recovery – Cynthia’s Story

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Cynthia first walked through our doors on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018, when she entered our Living and Recovering Community (LARC) at the Shattuck Hospital. LARC is a stabilization program that specializes in helping people with a dual diagnosis of substance use disorder and HIV/AIDS. For Cynthia, entering recovery at LARC was the best Valentine’s Day gift she could imagine for herself, and for the people who love her.

Just a few short months earlier, Cynthia’s family waited anxiously for 40 days hoping she’d wake from a coma from injection drug-related medical issues. They had hope, Cynthia has always been a fighter and her children were convinced she’d be back on her feet, given time. When she did wake, she had three immediate challenges she was determined to face: relearning how to walk, relearning how to talk, and committing herself to recovery.

Cynthia’s story has a happy ending, she relearned how to walk, and how to talk, and how to maintain her recovery. She worked hard, first and LARC, then at two of our residential recovery programs, to build skills that would help her regain her independence. She moved into her own apartment at Serenity Supportive Housing where her family visits, often. Cynthia is committed to sharing her own experiences as a way of helping others in recovery. She’s shared a stage with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at the annual MOAR Recovery Day at Fanieul Hall, with dozens of other Victory Programs clients at our annual Gratitude Dinner, and, most recently, with Governor Charlie Baker at our signature Dinnerfest Auction on April 7!

Cynthia, like so many of our clients, demonstrates that recovery is possible. Today, she has a strong relationship with her family, a comfortable home, 19 months of sobriety, and she is committed to helping others find the gifts of recovery.

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