The Blessing of Recovery

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — September 22, 2020 — 3 min read
Cardinal Innovations member Yolanda Pierce lives in Charlotte. She has been in recovery from cocaine use and pain reliever misuse for almost three years. We hopped on a phone call with her to learn more about her recovery journey.

Did you receive any other services that supported your recovery?

“I went through a program called Epiphany.”

What was the moment you decided you needed to make a change?

“I attempted suicide. I was just tired of it.”

Tell us about your recovery journey.

“It was full of ups and downs. But I had to do the work. I got better and stronger. At first, I went to a Christian facility. I learned about God during those six months. However, I didn’t choose that [first] place on my own.
“Then, after I attempted suicide, I spent seven days in a mental health facility. That’s when I was introduced to the idea of recovery.” 
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What role has your support network had in your recovery journey?

“I have a good support network. They showed me how to love myself. Before I was able to love anybody else, they showed me how to love myself.”

How do you stay strong during the toughest or most challenging days?

“I meditate and pray. I read my recovery books. I go to meetings with Narcotics Anonymous (NA).”

How do you celebrate recovery milestones?

“I have my family come to my NA meeting for my celebration. And I have speakers speak for my celebration.”

What did you learn from your experiences before recovery?

“I had a bad life. My childhood was horrible. I used drugs to cover up the feelings that I was going through. And now I don’t have that. I don’t use anymore. I can feel my feelings more. I can feel the pain if I have pain. And I go to my recovery book or my meetings when I feel pain. I don’t use no matter what.”

How would you describe your life today?

“My life is good. It’s a blessing. I didn’t think I would ever manage having my own house, paying my own bills. I have money right now. I have credit. I’m doing great. I didn’t know how to read until I started reading the Bible and my recovery books. I was horrible at reading, spelling, and pronouncing. But now I am blessed and highly favored.”

What is your advice for people who might want to start their recovery journey?

“My advice is to try it out. Try it out, and, best believe me, you will succeed. You’ll have a better life.”
“Before I started my recovery, I was broken. I was broken up bad. I was depressed. Suicidal. Now I don’t think about that. Being with a stable mind—a clear mind—I know I’m here for a purpose. I’m just so blessed.”

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