Tamitra Quiles
Recovery Ambassador
Tamitra Quiles

Tamitra Quiles graduated from addiction treatment at The Recovery Village Umatilla. In a recent interview, she shared her recovery story, hoping to inspire others to seek the help they need: 

When did you realize you wanted to get treatment?

“I knew I needed to seek treatment when I could no longer ‘control,’ hide, maintain and survive my addiction. I was alienating family and friends, on the verge of losing my job, everything.” 

Why did you (or your loved one) choose our treatment center?

“I chose TRV mostly because of its location. It was well-removed from familiar areas, and I was desperate for a change in my life.”

What part of your treatment was the most helpful?

“The most helpful was the overall structured programming, from wake-up calls, group sessions, and levels of care. The breaking down of my outside life norms and being guided to follow protocols and procedures, all of which I came to understand were for my success in recovery.” 

Who made the biggest difference in your recovery journey?

“The BHTs, support staff, and the community itself. The experience I had at TRV with that unique mix of individuals showed me so much of myself and gave me hope and faith that I could make it to long-term sobriety and be a testimony for others.”

How has your life changed after getting treatment at our center?

“I’m currently 9 months sober and clean. I’ve been hired on a dream job and recently got accepted to a university. I am living in a safe, sober home surrounded by like-minded women. My outlook on my recovery is that anything is possible once I decide to make the choice to be actively present and to lead a good, sober life a daily priority.”

How would you encourage someone else who needs treatment?

“I’d implore them to stop and look at their lives thus far. I’d ask if they were honestly happy with themselves. I’d let them know it’s ok not to know the answers and that it was ok. I’d ask them to at least step up and try. Try to make one little step to be someone different, someone better than they were yesterday.”

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