The Gift of Desperation

The gift of desperation is a beautiful thing.  How you gain it is another story.  My life has never been a fairy tale but I can say I was blessed with a large family that loved me from day one the best they knew how.  I was the first child and grandchild so to say … Continued

My Journey of Recovery

It was a pretty spring day in May two-and-a-half years ago. Mother’s Day weekend. I found myself sitting in a conference room at a recovery center in another state. I was attending a family workshop with a dozen other strangers sharing the awful bond of having an adult child in treatment for drug addiction. The … Continued

Making the Transition…

I came to The Extension April 18, 2016, completely broken, hating myself and ready for something different. Having just served close to 9 months in jail, I was humble and willing to do anything to never have to go back! I had lived a “normal life” before my active addiction, owned a home, was married … Continued

The Extension Women’s Campus Needs Your Help!

Currently, we have one 15 passenger van that is shared between the Men’s and the Women’s campuses. The Men’s campus has a capacity of 47 beds, and the Women’s has a capacity of 20 beds. That’s a lot of people sharing one van! Due to lack of transportation, the women have had difficulties participating in … Continued

Come Grow with Us

This spring at The Extension Barbara J. Crafton Center (our women’s campus), we are organizing a community garden project! We are calling the project “Community Roots”. We have a beautiful garden space with raised beds that were built as part of an Eagle Scout project. We came up with a great idea that will use … Continued

Volunteering to Make a Difference

I’ve seen what addiction can do to families; I’ve lived through it with my brother.  I’ve taken midnight phone calls from my parents only to hear sobs of what had happened next on his descent.  I’ve watched a once thriving, smart man question his self-worth and struggle to ​understand his place in the world as a result … Continued

That Was Then…

As far back as I can remember, I never knew who I was looking at in the mirror. Needing to be one person at home, a different person in the neighborhood, and still a third person at school, I got lost in the shuffle and my brain never slowed down. That is unless I was … Continued

A Mother’s Story

I would like to share my story with you, one that is hard to write, but necessary to tell. I am the mother of a son who has been fighting alcohol and drug addiction for 10 years. As I am writing this, he is once again in a treatment center after surviving a drug overdose. … Continued

Some of Our Favorite Recovery Quotes

We’ve been posting a Recovery Quote of the Day on our Facebook page almost every day for quite a few months. The feedback has been great, so much so that we thought we would compile all the ones we’ve posted so far here on our website. If you’ve got a favorite quote that we should … Continued