Stateline Residents Celebrate Life After Overcoming Addiction

Eight graduate from Rockford Rescue Mission's Life Recovery Program

ROCKFORD - The path to sobriety is one of the hardest hills to climb for those suffering from addiction. But eight stateline residents recently made it to the top of that hill, defeating a habit that once had control of their lives.
"I was living in and out of hotel rooms, working 13 hour days to support my habit," said Belvidere resident  Kelsey Peterson. "I wasn't the parent, the daughter, the wife, anything I was supposed to be at the time," she added

Peterson, is one of those who graduated from the Rockford Rescue Mission's Life Recovery Program Tuesday night. The graduates celebrated before a packed crowd at the Rescue Misson on West State Street. Peterson says she joined the program after becoming addicted to crack-cocaine and alcohol.

"I knew I wanted to come here because it's a life changing program," she added.

"They focus on how to heal their addictions holistically," said  the Women's Program Director Krystal Savage. "So we approach it by classes focusing on emotional addictions, physical, and spiritual healing," she added.

Savage says the program is about more than just overcoming addiction, but is also about finding a purpose in life. "(It's about) holding on to that hope that there's something more, that there's that purpose and that dream that can be fulfilled through recovery," Savage said.

"We've lost several people to the disease of addiction, but to be able stand here today and to be able to graduate is an amazing feeling," Peterson said.

Peterson will be attending nursing school at Rock Valley College in the fall. The Rockford Rescue Mission provide programs free thanks to support from community donations.

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