By Tim Hofmeister
On Thursday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Kender room in McShea, students who attended Geek Life: Road to Recovery heard a story of addiction and redemption.
The story was told by Laura, a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for 18 years. She came to talk to students to share her experience and life story to give them an insight into something they may have never known.
Laura talked about her childhood and how she went through her life blaming other people for her problem instead of herself. She explained how she went through rehab but it was a vicious cycle and she couldn’t shake her addiction.
“It is hard to be sober if being sober feel like you are doing time,” Laura said.
Laura explained how God and the 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous helped her break her addiction.
“It doesn’t matter what you think of me, it matters what God thinks of me,” she said.
Although she was speaking about her life and her addiction, she explained how the things she learned and the advice she was giving are for life in general.
Currently Laura is a nurse and visits Northampton County Prison and speaks in schools and at events in other states, she does it for free.
“Being able to help by share my story with others, and listening to their story is the most rewarding,” she said.
Mike Romano, a PACEr, ran the event and said, “It was a success and the students who came seemed engaged and asked questions. Each student seemed to come away from the event with something.”
Romano also runs Geek Life, which is a program that rewards students for participating in non-alcohol-related events, like Road to Recovery. Students can earn points for attending Geek Life events which include any PACE events and any events marked by the Geek Life logo. To earn Geek Life rewards, students can post a picture to their Instagram accounts and use #GEEKLIFEDSU. After collecting 10, participants can show the pictures to any PACEr and get their prize.
Romano also said, “Events coming up are Write Light, Write Life and To Write Love on Her Arms, a benefit concert and open mic night. And for more events, keep your eye out for the Geek Life logo.”
PACE is a peer education team on campus that provides free and confidential counseling to students with any issue including alcoholism. Office hours to meet with a PACEr are Monday and Friday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and Wednesday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.