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Sarah Martin – Never Give Up


I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder when I was 16 years old. I battled with self-medication and the biggest roller coaster of life you can imagine. I overdosed in 2005. In 2007, I became clean off of all substances. I was battling my own demons. I couldn’t hold a job, a relationship and I couldn’t figure out why I was so emotionally unstable even though I was taking my medications.

I had been going to COPE since I was about 20 but I was only going through the motions. My Provider was adamant about me going to the groups there and getting counseling. He never gave up. I have to admit, at that time, I didn’t want to put forth the effort. I had been scared into not going to counseling by my past childhood experiences. I eventually started going to the groups and then to counseling and I realized how much I didn’t know.

Through the counseling and groups, I have learned management to maintain healthy stability and manage through the inevitable. The staff at COPE works as a team and goes way above and beyond. Whether it be the receptionist, or the schedule maker, the Provider, the group leader, the nurses, or the counselors, I know I’m in good hands. Everyone has kindly attended to every question I’ve had, every claim I’d make.

If I didn’t have COPE, I’d be… actually, I don’t want to think of where I’d be. I’d most likely be six feet under. They have done everything in their power to help me and start me through the process of recovery. They have stayed with me through my journey of recovery and have been an avid part of my recovery.

Thank you COPE for all of the hard work, and I mean hard, that you have done for me. Even when I was no longer to see a case manager, COPE found a way to answer my questions, and get me the help that I really needed.

I am now 28 years old and a Dental Assistant. Things are not perfect but they are manageable. For once, I am happy. I remain positive thanks to all of the support, help, and management that I have received. My message to everyone is don’t give up. Don’t ever feel like you’re imposing on someone when you really need the help. The sun always comes out tomorrow.

-Sarah Martin