We\u2019ve decided to start highlighting some of our employees and Alumni each month because we think they are exceptional human beings. They go above and beyond in the community and at home to represent the Beaches Recovery and Tides Edge team. We\u2019re so proud to call them a part of our Beaches family, bringing hope to so many others each day!\r\n\r\nThis month, we\u2019d like to introduce you to Julia, a Beaches Recovery Alumni. We think she\u2019s pretty awesome. When we asked her why she thought she was being highlighted, well, check out her response and story here! \r\n"My name is Julia, and I've been in recovery for almost 19 months. My sobriety date is March 27th, 2018.\u00a0My experience at Beaches was very unique and critical to my sobriety. I have been to other treatment centers and hospitals to try to start to maintain sobriety. Beaches was the stepping stone I needed. Their program involving a step down method of integrating me back into society, teaching me skills on how to deal with my emotions, anger and how to interact with the world was catered to my personality with the help of the amazing staff. My therapist, the medical staff, and the other clients I became so close with helped get me to a point where I could finally stand on my own.\r\n\r\nOne thing that has helped me a lot is that I've stayed very connected to Beaches and the AA program since discharging from Beaches. I attend all meeting that Beaches holds for Alumni, I attend volleyball every Wednesday with a group of Beaches Alumni, and I take an AA meeting into Beaches detox (Tide\u2019s Edge) every Tuesday. Staying connected to my family at Beaches has changed the direction my life was headed. I have rebuilt my life here in Jacksonville, my true family is not local and it made it difficult. Beaches has softened that and became my family.\r\n\r\nWhen asked why I thought I was being highlighted, my response is this: I would hope that I was chosen because I\u2019m not perfect. I do not have all the answers on how to get and stay sober. I have my experiences in life and my addiction, how I got sober and how Beaches helped me get to where I am today. I try to do everything possible to let everyone at Beaches, staff and clients, know that if you take advantage of the program, it truly can give you a new way of life! I was told the only thing you have to change is everything, and Beaches slowly helped me do that."