My name is Leah K Stephens. I am 48 years old, married and mother of 3 beautiful daughters, Leighton is 26, Lindsey is 24, Lexie is 19 and Pete who is 3.5. I am also a person in long term recovery that has celebrated 8 1/2 years of sobriety. My life today is much different than it was 8 years ago. Then I was hopeless and was begging for help, but did not know how to voice it. Today I am full of hope and use my voice to help others as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and work in case management. I get the opportunity to work with individuals who are struggling with addiction and offer families another chance to see their loved one again as they once knew them. The biggest part of my recovery was given to me by the Grace of God. He has carried me through the darkness and has given me a whole new meaning and purpose for life. God has transformed me and carries me daily and I no longer am my own hostage. I feel I have taken from our society by being an addict and this is one of the ways that I want to give back to our community. My desire to end my addiction was solely because I felt that I was dying inside.
I am thankful that I have chosen the field of Human Services in hopes that one day I will be able to reach one heart and save one life. My sobriety date is 06/09/13.