22 May The Faces of Hitchcock: Michelle Woods
Michelle Woods, Hitchcock alumna, board member, and active community volunteer walked through the doors of Hitchcock Center for Women on April 5, 1993 and has been sober ever since.
Tell us how you found Hitchcock Center for Women.
I was mandated by a judge to seek residential treatment and referred by a family friend to Hitchcock. When I walked through the doors, I was very afraid. I had no idea what residential treatment entailed. I felt alone and ashamed of the fact my drinking had brought me to the point of needing treatment. I didn’t walk through the doors of Hitchcock by myself, I brought my family with me. I brought their fears, love and concerns, and at the same time their joy that I was seeking treatment. I had decided to give treatment a chance since nothing else was working. I was tired of doing the same thing over and over, and getting the same results, it was time for a change!
What made your treatment experience at Hitchcock work for you?
My treatment experience at Hitchcock worked for me because of the caring, tenacious and extremely knowledgeable staff. The staff refused to let me leave without the tools I needed to make my recovery ongoing, one day at a time.
How are you involved with Hitchcock today? What motivates you to stay involved?
I am involved with Hitchcock today through facilitating the Sunday AA meeting. It is my joy to find chairwomen who bring in the AA leads for the Month. I am also blessed to be a member of the Board of Directors. I sat on the Board for close to eight years then I took a short break and returned. I am also the Chairperson of Omega Baptist Church Women in Needs (WIN) Chapter called “Undercover Sisters” . The WIN’s is a nonprofit organization which provides new underclothing and toiletries for homeless women. We have partnered with Hitchcock in order to provide any woman coming into treatment with well needed necessities.
If you could give advice to a woman struggling with addiction, what would you tell her?
The advice I would give any women struggling with addiction is to SURRENDER TO WIN! Trust that God has a miracle waiting called sobriety, that will surpass their wildest dreams, that no drug can take the place of the life God has waiting for them. To avail themselves to others who are living testimonies of life without alcohol or drugs. To take suggestions and allow someone else to impart wisdom into their spirit, to give a 12-step program a chance and watch God Show Up and Show Out!