I am Charlene Best and I have been in sustained recovery since 10-17-2013. I am really proud to say that I am free and clear from owing money or having compliance requirements to El Paso County! I have learned how to live and parent drug and alcohol free. I am learning how to problem solve and celebrate with friends, family, colleagues and my husband without altering my state of mind, but by walking through the uncomfortableness with each other. Some might say it is relationship building.

My low point was believing that my children were better off without me, even if that meant foster care because I had such low esteem. First and foremost in sustaining my own wellness and wellbeing, my experience gives me the opportunity to share my recovery in our community. As a Recovery Coach at SRC, I give back by sharing my testimony with others to lend a hand of emotional and psychological support through reflective listening and I offer assistance with navigating our community’s wellness resources.

Thank you Charlene!

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Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment.