Catie on Graduation Day!

Catie on Graduation Day!

Catie knew that her situation was dire, her health was severely compromised, and that if she didn’t get help she would die. She had been using heroin for nearly nine years, was homeless and using daily. Although she was terrified, she made the decision to enter treatment. Treatment wasn’t easy. As a matter of fact, it was one of the toughest things she had ever done. But she won her battle and today she has over six years of sobriety. Catie is now a counselor at First Step House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment center. She has dedicated her life to helping people, just like her, who struggle with substance abuse; people who need a hand to rebuild their lives and the lives of their families. According to Catie, “For me it’s personal because I’ve been there, feeling like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. Going from being homeless and using every day, to earning a bachelor’s in social work, becoming a licensed substance abuse counselor, and beginning the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Utah.”

At the heart of our community are people like Catie, and organizations like First Step House, where the goal is to help people build lives of meaning, purpose, and recovery.

It’s what makes Our Community great!

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