RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Bristlecone family resources has a simple goal: help people recover from addiction. Whether it’s alcohol, drugs, or gambling, getting people on the right track is what they do.
“Alcohol is still the number one drug of choice in the state, with heroin and meth right behind them, they keep hop scotching each other, ”
said Rikki Hensley-Ricker, Bristlecone’s development director.
One of Bristlecone’s patients is Beth Collins, who first came to their Mill Street facility in 2011. She is a former marine who says she has struggled with addiction ever since a motorcycle accident years ago.
“I stayed for 5 months, then I moved back to Carson City, and ended up relapsing,” says Collins. “I then came to Bristlecone and stayed in transitional housing for 14 months and I have been clean ever since.”
Collins described how addiction, manifested itself in everything she did.
“At that point in my life I said if I love it, then I’m addicted to it. I didn’t know how to have healthy boundaries with anything,” she said. “If I ate a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, I ate 20, if I put a coat of fingernail polish on I put 18 coats on. Everything I did at that point in my life was excessive. On every level excessive.”
Collins admits that, like so many addicts, she experienced a relapse after her first round of recovery, but bristlecone welcomed her right back, and is now 3 years sober, but she says recovery is never complete.
“There is no end to recovery, it’s a life long process,” Collins says. “As long as I do what it takes to stay clean I’m ok, but I don’t want to say ’I got this’ because once you say that you don’t have it.”
Hensley-Rikker calls Collins a great story of what recovery can be.
“She’s now 3 years sober and she got reunified with her son,”
Hensley-Rikker says of Collins. “She’s a great story of what recovery can be for anyone who is willing to take it on.”
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