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May 20, 2016 By Cassie

Cassie, a CORE client

After being in Federal Prison for 9 years, I came to Salt Lake City and was institutionalized and felt lost. I have Bi-Polar and manic-depressive disorder and a boyfriend that I had at the time, was very controlling. He convinced me to stop taking my medications, put me in high-risk situations where I began to spiral downward, mentally losing myself and becoming more and more psychotic. Eventually, I relapsed and returned to using Meth and drinking daily. I went from having a nice home with him to living in my car and on the streets. I lost my job because I was self-medicating. I was in trouble with federal probation and was placed in a mental health court. I admitted to using and that I needed more help. Counseling was not enough. I could not do it on my own. I was suffering from such bad depression, anxiety and having bad manic episodes. They arrested me and I was put in jail for my safety after my relapse.

That is when Cami, case manager, came to the jail and screened me for the CORE for Women program. I was the first client in this new program. I came in with an open mind to find myself again and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. CORE for Women gave me structure and a chance to find myself again. With the classes, therapy, medications, and case management, I learned to stay sober and love myself again. I was able to discover more about my mental illness and how it affects my life. I was made a new person. I successfully graduated from the Federal Mental Health Court and am now off Federal Probation. I have been sober for 10 months. Now, I am a graduate of the program. I have my apartment, a job, a car and I’m involved with CORE Recovery Management and Addicts to Athletes. I enjoy coming to CORE and taking the clients to play baseball and being a Peer Support Specialist. I’d like to go to school to become a veterinary technician. I love myself and my new life thanks to the Valley Behavioral Health CORE program.

Now, I am a graduate of the program. I have my apartment, a job, a car and I’m involved with CORE Recovery Management and Addicts to Athletes. I enjoy coming to CORE and taking the clients to play baseball and being a Peer Support Specialist. I’d like to go to school to become a veterinary technician. I love myself and my new life thanks to the Valley Behavioral Health CORE for Women program.

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