This is Rhonda, today with incredible courage she shares her personal testimony. Please read with a compassionate heart and offer some love, support and encouragement for her and her continued journey in recovery.
From November 15, 2015.
I realized drugs have been consuming my whole life for 16 years. Prison saved my life. Please allow me to share my story......
Q. Could you briefly tell us about yourself?
A. My name is Rhonda Gettle I am from Tower City.
From the time I was a little girl I can remember feeling like I didn't quite belong. For many years of my life I felt like the world had dealt me a cruel hand which left me with inadequate feelings. I was a portraite of a rebellious girl with miles of attitude to spare. On the inside I was suicidal, bloodied, beaten. My stride spoke of the confidence I didn't feel.
Drugs released me from the suffocating fear, the feelings of inadequacy and the nagging voices in my head that told me I would never measure up. The bottle and glass pipe were my friends, my companion, and portable vocations. I was a young woman who was comfortable with herself yet slowly these actions that i knew deep down inside started eating holes in me. Drugs were my god and I prostate myself before them.
At 12:15 am this very day I was living in a world of addiction with drug addicts and drug dealers. I had given up hope for not only my self worth as a woman but as a mother, daughter as a human being. I have seen and been through more than I would wish on the most evil of beings on the face of this earth.
Nothing in this world could have said what have made me believe that the life I was leading had let myself become wasn't where I was destined to be....5 years ago today I laid in a filthy, heatless, foodless, loveless, lightless hell that little did I know had I continued to be a part of that world I would have only had little hours before God removed me from it. March 13, 2010 due to my gross negligence of driving under the influence I claimed the life of a innocent man.
Today I am proud to say I have 5 years clean the events that were to follow were beyond a blessing and journey of learning experiences that had a life of it's own. Through the grace of God's mercy I was able to be restored into the woman I have become today .
I want to say thanks to all of those who were part of my journey. Sometimes the most important lessons in life are the ones we learn the hard way. One step, one day at a time. My strategy is... I want to be here 20 plus more years for my son.
Q. What was your drug of choice?
Q. What is your sobriety date?
A. August 9 2010
Q. Looking back was there a turning point in your recovery?
A. March 13, 2010 - when I claimed the life of a innocent man due to my gross negligence of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Q. What is a slogan that best expresses your current point of veiw in recovery?
A. "Just for today" take my recovery one day at a time. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn't promised.
Q. What are some daily practices and key aspects in your life that assist you in your recovery?
A. Living in the moment enjoying life. I have a a wonderful son and a very supportive family who keeps me motivated.
Q. As a person in recovery do you any advice you could offer to someone looking to get clean?
A. Attend a meeting, speak to someone, do not be afraid to reach out for help.
Q. Addiction is affectin hundreds in Schuylkill County and aboard. It is very saddening. Any advice to people trying to help their loved one seek help?
A. The key is understanding addiction. Do not enable the person with the problem. As addicts we have found ways to manipulate our loved ones and others to get what we want.
Q. Why are projects like "The Skook Recovers" important in this day and age?
A. To shed awareness of our disease not only to an addict but also for those of us who are in recovery. My story could be a turning point for someone who is stuck in active addiction.
Q. Could you tell us about the good things that your new life in recovery has brought to you and or improved including what you are grateful for?
A. I have gained the respect of my family, my son no longer has a drunk for a mother. There is a sense of feeling wanted and loved. All the people who have stood by me through my journey.
Q. Anything else you would like to add and/or people you would like to thank?
A. I would like to thank my mother and grandparents, all those who were part of my journey also Travis "The Featherhawk" Snyder for letting me be apart of this project and allowing me to share my story.