Krystal’s Story: Working on recovery during unusual times

As Minnesota wrestles with slowing the advance of COVID-19, Krystal is continuing the hard, life-changing work of reaching sobriety in Avivo’s family recovery programs.

“My two little ones don’t understand it at all… It’s hard. They just want to go to the park and play,” shares Krystal, mother of two boys under the age of four.

With health and mitigation steps in place in Avivo’s programs, Krystal still meets regularly with Avivo staff to ensure she and her boys are getting the support they need.

Before coming to Avivo, Krystal was battling addiction, while living in what’s known as a “trap house” with her two boys. Fights and arguments between residents were a regular occurrence, adding to an already difficult living situation.

“There was always fighting, arguing, problems… because of course that all comes with drugs,” shares Krystal. “I was ready to give up and send my kids somewhere they’d be taken care of… then CPS (Child Protection Services) got involved and helped me get referrals to get a [chemical health assessment],” says Krystal.

“Since I’ve been sober and in treatment, I’m a lot happier. My kids see a whole different person … In general, I feel like I’m a whole different mom.”

Krystal enrolled in Avivo’s family treatment program, one of the few treatment programs in Minnesota that allow a mother to enter treatment, and housing, with her children. “One of the unique things about Avivo is they’re one of the few treatment centers that actually allows you to have your kids with you,” says Krystal. “I think that’s so important. That’s what keeps you going. That’s who needs you.”

At Avivo, Krystal was able to attend daily and weekly group sessions, and learned new life skills that she believes are helping her achieve recovery. “I learned how to manage my feelings and express myself, rather than just getting high,” shares Krystal.

Now, she’s started noticing positive changes in her life. “Since I’ve been sober and in treatment, I’m a lot happier. My kids see a whole different person,” she shares. “I general, I feel like I’m a whole different mom.”

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