Margaret Ann's story
I was a registered nurse for over 20 years, but I was also a functioning alcoholic for much of that time. Nursing is a job which requires release. You work hard and play hard, and everyone I knew used to go out for a drink to blow off steam.
Drinking became an everyday thing for me. I drank if it was a good day or bad day, if I was happy or sad, if things were going well or not so well, I would drink. It was not long before drinking started to affect my work. I tried to address my alcohol problem on many occasions. Everyone knew I had a problem but I thought I hid it well. Eventually I lost my job. The irony was that I was six months sober when I was dismissed but in view of my long-standing problem with alcohol my management didn’t feel I had changed enough.
When I lost my job, it seemed like the worst thing in the world. Fortunately I found a place that could help me live alcohol-free no matter what challenges I faced. I am now seven years sober and though still a registered nurse, am now using my own life skills and nursing skills at Emmaus. I absolutely love working here, it’s the best job I’ve ever had.
I would encourage others to get involved with Emmaus, without a doubt. I feel like I am using all of my past experience to help companions and customers enjoy the Emmaus experience. I feel happy, and try to stay filled with hope and sunshine here at work, as I know that I am helping others get through their own hard times.