“My addiction started at a very young age and got progressively worse. I started trying to get clean when I was 18 and pregnant with my son. I was still in high school and already facing a felony charge. From there the battle with addiction and trying to get clean really began. I started going in and out of jail and being on the run. Every person I met that I thought could help me only took me down a deeper, darker path. I was homeless and didn’t have anything to my name except a backpack with some clothes in it. I had lost almost all my family and was very close to losing the last few I had left. That’s when I went to Amethyst House for the second time. The first time I went I didn’t make it because I wasn’t ready and I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I wanted to get clean for everyone else and not myself. I didn’t think I deserved a better life because of all the wrong I had done. But I know now that if you want to get sober you have to do it for yourself and you have to know you deserve better and can do better. The people at Amethyst helped me with that. They saved my life and taught me so much! While I was there I started working on the relationships with my family. It took some time, but slowly everyone started coming around and believing in me. The most important relationship I fixed was with my son. It feels so good to be there for him, to talk to him, to spend with him, and to be a mom. He has told me how proud of me he is. You can’t describe that feeling you get when your child says that! Another important one was with my mom. I started working for her as an electrician and she started teaching me so many things I didn’t think I could do, and remember how to do it! We have spent so much needed time together and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I met some pretty amazing people during my time there. I met some strong, amazing women that I built friendships with and could actually talk to and ask advice from. It has been 2 years since I got to Amethyst House. I think the most important thing it taught me was to love myself, accept your past, but don’t let it define you. It also taught me to how to have healthy relationships. They give you the tools you need to learn to live on your own without using. Without Amethyst House and the staff there I don’t think I would be where I am today! I am 2 years and 4 months clean and I have an amazing life now. I am happily married to an amazing man who is also in recovery and just short of 3 years sober. We have a home and a beautiful 1 year old baby girl. We are still working on out relationships with our older children and striving for better lives every day. I continue to be a part of the recovery community. I’m a part of the Amethyst Alumni doing service work to give back in the community. For anyone out there struggling, no matter how low you go in life, when you recover you come out better than you can imagine.”
“Amethyst House provided me an opportunity to get back on track in leading a clean and sober life. It did so by providing me a safe and structured environment, and a set of personal goals and milestones which its program helped me achieve. The House’s programs allowed me to deal with substance abuse issues and related problems. Amethyst also put me in touch with a wide range of recovery resources available in the Bloomington Community. As a result of my time in Amethyst, I was able to back into Indiana University working on finishing my education. I have recently celebrated three years sober and am now active in helping others to achieve the same goal in their lives. In short, Amethyst has been instrumental in showing me a new way of life, one that I can say I appreciate a little more every day.”
"Although I am approaching my eighth month of sobriety, which is just the beginning, I consider my participation in Amethyst House and its associated programs as a journey in the proper direction. During my short journey out of the depth of alcoholism I have discovered that by admitting my addiction and adhering to the advice of both the staff and residents of Amethyst House – most of whom have been through situations similar to mine – I am building the foundation for a meaningful and productive life for the remainder of my years here on planet Earth."
"I would strongly recommend the Amethyst House to anyone who needs help and assistance in getting their lives back on track. I have met many amazing individuals through Amethyst, whether staff or residents. It has been an amazing and unforgettable experience. The Amethyst house has given and offered me so… much more than I could have ever asked for. The Amethyst House saved my life."
"I was a resident along with my three-year-old son. I came to Bloomington in a last ditch effort to get off drugs and get my son back. That is all I wanted or expected but have received so much more. I, like many people, had the idea that a half-way house is no place for a baby. I was wrong. This is the perfect place for a mother struggling with the disease of addiction. I am not only a better mother but a better person because of the love, support, and knowledge I have received from Amethyst House staff. Amethyst House is a safe and nurturing environment. I know that having my son with me has been a very important and vital part of my recovery and I believe the same would be true for other woman."