“Kat” grew up in Ohio, as the daughter of a Methodist pastor. Unknown to her family, she was sexually abused at a young age. Keeping that secret led to poor self esteem and eventually experimenting with drugs as a teenager. However, Kerry’s drug of choice was vodka and she was a full-blown alcoholic by the time she was in her early twenties.
Over the next few years, Kerry went to 4 different treatment centers with very little accountability built in. None were successful, so she returned to heavy drinking and making poor decisions in relationships. By then, she had a young son and was living in a hotel, with no other place to go. Her family refused to take her in, until she could get her life on track. At her lowest point in life, after a night of binge drinking, her blood alcohol content was .48. Normally, people with a .50 level do not live. It was Kerry’s wake up call, and she checked in to a local hospital, telling them she needed help.
That hospital called The Next Door and referred her for 30 days of residential treatment. Kerry’s first reaction upon entering the facility was how clean and nice it was! She recalls bad experiences in other treatment centers that had bed bugs and mice.
At The Next Door, Kerry finally felt like she had somebody to “lean on” – addiction counselors who understood the disease of alcoholism, volunteers leading daily devotions and weekly Bible studies who helped her accept God’s deep love for her, and case managers who believed in her when she had lost faith in her ability to stay sober. Today, Kerry is a new woman! She works full time at Publix, lives in her own apartment with her son and will start school next year to become a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.