Together we do this - not alone anymore

Scott McDowell

Scott McDowell – serves on the Master Trauma Foundation Advisory Council. On episode 16 of the Stephen Center Help Hope Heroes podcast, Scott McDowel, a Peer Support Specialist for Community Alliance is interviewed. His life has been full of trauma and addiction since a very young age. With 6 years of sobriety and various life experiences in prison and rehab, Scott is able to pay it forward by supporting peers that are staying in homeless shelters. Hear Scotts story and how it helps him make an impact in our community today.

Life Support Group members
I was in a very low place in my life. I felt depressed, stressed, and lonely. I had just separated from a 20 year marriage to a man who was a drug and alcohol addict and verbally and mentally abused me. I didn’t know what to do or how to change my life and then I met a member of the Life Support Group. She invited me to attend a meeting with her. I reluctantly decided to go. When I arrived I was warmly greeted and welcomed. The first few meetings I attended I just sat and listened to others share. I was never pressured to speak. It wasn’t long before I realized I wasn’t alone and that the other members wouldn’t judge me. I felt very comfortable and soon joined conversations and built up my self-esteem. I gained the knowledge of my worth and strength to get myself out of my situation. I currently attend the weekly meeting and look forward to the time I spend with the spectacular members. I would recommend Life Support Group to anyone.

Life Support gives me a place to go to be with like people, which helps me feel not alone. AA and NA are not for me but this is. I am feeling less shame about myself. I can bring my children with me, there is free child care and our evening meal too! It is a very relaxed setting and very easy to come to.

I get so much out of it! I trust the people there and I do not trust people easily. I am able to grow, learn, and share with others like myself. The sharing has really helped me and I have noticed a change in myself by attending.

Attending Life Support gives me a feeling of positive worth. It has given me the strength to get out of a bad situation. I have noticed a positive change in myself and others have too. It feels good to be a part of something like this, to talk without the fear of being judged.

This group gives me the chance to think about things. It has gotten me out and to something and now I find myself wanting to go. I find hope there.