Local business aims to raise money for Daybreak, where girls overcome addiction

Local business aims to raise money for Daybreak, where girls overcome addiction

Where were you at 15 years old? Who were you?

“I’m learning to find my identity again and I’m learning to just love myself all over again,” says 15-year-old Indi.

Indi is learning a lesson that may take years for some of us to get a handle on. At 15, she’s gone through more than most of us ever will in a lifetime.

“I come from a lot of violence and aggressiveness, so I came here and I realized that wasn’t right,” she says. “I made it back here for my mental health and for my sobriety.”

By “here,” she means Daybreak Youth Services, where she lives with 24 other girls aged 12 to 17 years old.

“We struggle here. We struggle with depression, we struggle with anxiety, we struggle with trauma,” she says.

It’s a place where simple distractions like pool, reading, art or exercise can make all the difference in the girls’ recovery.

“We just get to get distracted here from our other problems and we get to find coping skills,” Indi says. “We have to find things for ourselves here that will take the place of drugs. Everybody here is addicted to something.”

There to help them overcome that addiction is Sarah Spier, Daybreak’s development and outreach manager. For Spier, it’s personal.

“I was very suicidal when I was younger. I tried to commit suicide. And I ended up, actually, in a coma in the hospital, close to death,” Spier remembers. “I had become really addicted to shooting heroin and cocaine and it dramatically changed my life forever.”

But working at Daybreak keeps her going everyday.

“It’s amazing. The girls are really what my inspiration are,” Spier says. “You can see the pain and the sadness and then as the weeks progress, you see them grow into these beautiful human beings and start to find their value and their worth.”

She’s seen the simple distractions, paired with counseling and life-enrichment programs like equine therapy, yoga and boxing help the girls grow. The holidays can be tough, though.

“I’m used to spending holidays with my family, having family traditions. So being in here, it’s really hard because you don’t get to do as many things as you can do on the outside,” Indi says. “You know, you have to stay here and be sober. When you’re sad, you can’t use anything else.”

Indi says she relies on her friends, the staff at Daybreak, and herself, to get through the sadness.

“The holidays are hard, but we get through them by talking about it, you know, and being happy with what we have and appreciative of what is given to us,” says Indi.

What makes that even easier is looking back on how far she’s come.

“I came here not knowing what I valued and what I was worth,” says Indi. “It’s amazing. I like to think about, like, my old… The old me, you know, I used to think of like, how negative I was and about everything I went through.”

If you want to give back to Indi and the rest of the girls at Daybreak, The Globe Bar and Kitchen and the Spokane Young Professionals are teaming up for a fundraiser Thursday night. The event, held at The Globe, will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. All profits will benefit life-enrichment programs at Daybreak.

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