Alumni Spotlight Testimonial: Laura


At Banyan, I learned how to become a productive member society and learned how to live life on life’s terms

Laura: A Story of Recovery

Hello Everyone, My name is Laura and I am a grateful recovering addict. In August 2014 I came down to Florida to get help for my addiction. I now have over 2 years clean and the gift of recovery is a priceless gift. When I got to Florida I was completely broken and hopeless. Although I did not do an inpatient treatment at Banyan I did do their intensive outpatient program. For Banyan I am forever grateful. My experience at Banyan was memorable because it is a place where people truly cared.

During my stay at Banyan, I learned how to become a productive member society and learned how to live life on life’s terms. I enjoyed groups because I got to share with people who I feel like I’ve known for forever. Most of these people I am still friends with to this day. Lastly, I am currently a staff member at Banyan because I love what I do and I want to give back to a treatment center that saved my life. My life today is a life beyond my wildest dreams. My life today consists of getting ready for work, relaxing, eating dinner, and going to meetings.

Today I can enjoy the simple things in life. Never in a million years would I think I would be where I am at today. I took all of the suggestions: go to meetings, get a sponsor, work steps, and get a job. I never become complacent. Recovery is my life because without it I have nothing. I would like to thank Banyan Treatment Center for being filled with such love and compassion for the next struggling addict.

Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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