For the month of June, 2021 Fellowship RCO would like to recognize Lauren "Switz" Switzer-Cristiano.
If I knew years ago when I was in the grips of my addiction that all I had to do was work a program of Narcotics Anonymous in exchange for the life I have today I would have done this so much sooner.
My clean date is August 15, 2019. Prior to that date I was in and out of treatment centers and sometimes living out of my car due to my addiction. I had so much internal turmoil and the car I was living in was about to be repossessed to add to it. I could not hold down a job, and I hated the person I had become. I was so lost and filled with fear until I reached out to Sara from Fellowship.
I did everything Sara, my sponsor, and my halfway managers suggested I do; go to 90 meetings in 90 days, get a homegroup, do service at that homegroup, start working steps, and no matter how life shows up never use ever again. it just was not an option anymore. I knew in my heart that if I did all of these things I would be safe, my life would change for the better, and I would not die from my addiction. I trusted these women, my higher power, and more importantly I had trust in what my own heart was telling me.I was terrified from passing away from using drugs and that was a beautiful thing for me because it was the first time I was afraid of anything, and I wanted nothing to do with drugs anymore.
As I completed my 90 in 90, I landed a job and was given an opportunity of a lifetime. My bosses saw something in me that I always knew was there but never thought would be tangible unless I were clean, and finally I was!! They told me that if I stayed clean for one year, work hard, and save my money they will help me open my own business.
Fast forward to now…
YES! I own my own business under my former company and I will have 2 years clean!!! What a miracle!!! I employ 20 people, many of which are in recovery themselves. I sponsor 3 women and am able to pass on the guidance and hope that was freely given to me.
I have a life today that I only thought existed to people of privilege or “normal people.” I am surrounded by a community filled with love and support that is free of judgment and stigmatization. Anything can happen in life when we stop using drugs and alcohol, believe in God, and work a program!!
I am forever grateful for Sara, Rick, Susan, Heather, and Fellowship for helping me get on the path to finding my purpose and showing me how to save my own life!!