Client Success Story

Colette

Chemical Health Graduate

In 1988, Colette was on vacation with her husband when she was rushed to the hospital for a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was lucky to survive, but unfortunately the stroke caused permanent brain damage. She spent the next several months in physical, occupational and speech therapy.

After completing her rehabilitation therapy, Colette returned to her everyday life, which included going to work and raising her three children. Unfortunately, she continued to struggle with the long-term effects of her brain injury. She was easily overwhelmed at work and frequently changed jobs. She applied for disability benefits, but her claim was denied. Her frustrations eventually led to depression and alcoholism.

“I drank before my brain injury, but my drinking really escalated five years ago as a result of my depression,” Colette said.

Colette’s depression went untreated because she did not realize she needed help. Her desperation reached a climax three years ago when she tried to commit suicide.

“I started therapy right after that happened. I stayed sober for six months, but then I went to a wedding and the drinking started all over again,” she said.

Colette did want to quit drinking and tried a treatment center near her hometown, but she did not like the lock-down setting. Her husband researched other treatment centers online and showed Colette Vinland’s website.

“Vinland had the focus on whole-body healing – physical, emotional, mental,” Colette said. “I think that is really important.”

At Vinland, Colette dove into her recovery program. She was in the fitness center everyday at 8 a.m. She went to groups and really opened herself up to the ideas about addiction and recovery the case managers presented to her.

After graduating from Vinland, Colette found a job within a week. She is working part-time in a fitness center located in her hometown.

“I get to help people by using the positive attitude that was portrayed to me at Vinland,” she said. “My job gets me up in the morning. It gives me a purpose.”

Please note: Images are stock photos. Former clients provided Vinland with permission to share their stories.

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