Hello, my name is Roxanne Rosado and I am a strong woman in recovery. When I first learned about the Benedict Center, I was living in the Milwaukee County House of Correction Work Release Huber program. Another woman at the correctional facility was involved in the Benedict Center, and she told me that I should try to go there. I started the program in October 2006. Looking back, I believe that this was the best choice I could have made.
I’ve come a long way since I first stepped into the program. I am drug and alcohol free. I completed my AODA program in May 2007 and have stayed involved in their Aftercare program. The Women’s Harm Reduction Program at the Bendedict Center offers help in every area of a woman’s life. From that program, I developed an understanding about why I used and learned a wide variety of strategies to help me stay away from my old behaviors. For example, whenever I begin to think about the old days, I focus on pictures of my children. I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize being with my children; thinking about them keeps me on track. The management classes helped me learn positive ways such as yoga, breathing, and regular exercise to help me deal with daily stresses.
One of the best classes was Moving On, a cognitive behavioral class designed specifically for women who’ve been in trouble with the law. I loved it. In this class, I learned to deal with strong emotions, and the lessons helped me really find out who I am and what I want out of life. Working in that group taught me how to make good choices. Now, before a major decision, I sit down and make a list of the pros and cons of each choice.
My daughters and I also participated in the Parent and Family Nurturing group classes at the Benedict Center. These groups have given us a chance to learn how to talk openly and honestly with each other and to have fun together. Those programs have helped me become a much better mother. I have two daughters and one son. It’s hard being a single mom, but I now believe that I can do it. My kids are proud of me, and we recently moved into a home of our own.
I am currently involved in GED classes at the Benedict Center, and I’m aiming to finish my GED by January 2008. My goal is to continue my education at Mount Mary College (Milwaukee) in fashion design. I would love to have my own fashion line some day. I am determined and hungry to improve myself for me and for my kids. I am not going to settle for less anymore—I will continue to aim high.
I’ve come a long way from when I first started at the Benedict Center. I am happy that I found this place because it not only offered me treatment and education, but it also introduced me to a group of people who genuinely care about me, support me, and consistently encourage me to move forward. I am Roxanne Rosado and I am a strong woman in recovery. I know I can succeed.