Randi’s Downward Spiral of Addiction

A woman smiling and holding a Salvation Army program participation certificate
by SalvationArmy.ca

Randi was good at hiding her addiction to cocaine and meth. She fooled her children and family for a long time. Then, when the deadly grasp of her dependency led to her own personal collapse, she reached out to The Salvation Army for help.

“I was in denial about my addiction for a long time,” says Randi, 28. “Then, when I was found wandering the streets, unable to recall who I was and in a state of paranoia, I knew my situation was serious and I had to own it.”

Randi slowly fell into addiction when she lost her job. “I went out more and more,” says Randi. “With more free time and socialization I got into hard drugs. And when you get into hard drugs, you have no control. You don’t think straight or know what you are doing to yourself.”

After Randi was hospitalized with a drug induced psychosis, she admitted that she needed help and enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Anchorage Addiction program in Winnipeg. The program provides a spectrum of services to men and women battling addictions.

“The program helped me pinpoint where my addiction stems from,” says Randi. “I benefitted from life-skills workshops, relapse prevention and one-on-one counselling. I like myself now.”

Completing the drug rehab program wasn’t the end of treatment for Randi. “Recovery is an ongoing process,” says Randi. “I participated in The Salvation Army’s aftercare program that provided ongoing support and stability during a crucial time in my life.

“Without The Salvation Army I would still be lost and trying to find my way. I’m grateful for a better future.”