Strength In Numbers -
Nichelle Groves

Nichelle Groves

Nichelle Groves
Chicago, IL
48 years old

After struggling with her habit for a few decades, Nichelle Groves found herself at the front office of Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center. At first, she had her doubts.

Nichelle was a social drinker who started using heroin around 25. She turned to heroin to help with depression, personal issues, and her boyfriend also used at the time.

She had just completed a detox program at Loretto Hospital, not necessarily by choice but by necessity as she ended up there because she passed out and at the behest of her parents (whom she credits to being a supportive and driving force in her life). She was also trying to get chronic health issues under control, Diabetes, slight Asthma, and elevated cholesterol and blood pressure.

“I didn’t want to be here at first,” she says. “I didn’t know what they were about or what they offered so I was really hesitant.”

But after just a few weeks, Nichelle realized she had made tremendous progress in her recovery -- progress that she credits to the staff and personnel at Above and Beyond. She also credits the individual counseling and SMART Group

“I loved it, I didn’t think I would at first, but I really loved it,” she said. “I’ve met new friends and I’ve learned that I’m not the only one with a problem; you get to know yourself and the people -- they’ll talk to you and help you with anything -- and that support is something you need to become a stronger person.

After spending a year at Above and Beyond, Nichelle maintains that she’s had a smooth recovery and hopes to help others who are struggling with addiction. In fact, her experience at Above and Beyond has inspired her to go back to school to become a counselor.

"I've learned to put me first, that my kindness is not a weakness, and I like the new me -- or the me that I once was, and am now finding again", she states as her face lights up.

“The counselors here aren’t just focused on helping you recover, they’re also focused on your personal growth,” Nichelle says. “I want to be a part of that, and I want people who come here to know that we can help them overcome their addiction because we’ve been there before, we’ve had shared experiences.”