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Depression, Osteoarthritis

Toni

I am originally from the Bay area of California. As a child my home was beyond broken! I started recreational drugs, drinking, and smoking to numb myself throughout my lifetime. As an adult I developed fibromyalgia and traded recreational drugs for prescription drugs. I could always quit the alcohol for years at a time, only to pick up where I left off. I never quit smoking cigarettes. I smoked for 37 years.

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Due to the prescription drugs and alcohol I was never clear and present. I was very unhappy and went into a severe depression. I have always had problems sleeping but my insomnia was now off the charts. My average night’s sleep was two to three hours usually drug and alcohol induced. I was in a vicious cycle and getting nowhere. After dropping 12 more pounds I could barely look at myself. With my family’s support I decided I needed to get help. I knew there was a way to do it, even get off the medications I was taking from so called medical doctors. I knew I was going to need help to do it all.

I’ve lived in Auburn for the last 17 years with Weimar being only 10 miles away. I thought it was only for diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure or weight issues, etc. With a bit of research I called Weimar and by that afternoon I was up touring the campus and within two weeks I started my 18-day NEWSTART Lifestyle Program.

Now I am tobacco, alcohol, and almost pain free. I walk five to ten miles a day and I sleep six to seven hours per night. Most important I am back to my old self again. Happy to be alive: A WHOLE NEW PERSON. I owe my new life to the NEWSTART program. The staff is truly incredible. They are there for you whenever you need anything with their unending support and love. I can’t thank them enough. I want my entire family to go through the program so we can all live happy healthy lives together.

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