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'I found people that really love me and understand me': Somerville nonprofit opens recovery house

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WAAY 31's Jillian Kay covers the opening of a new recovery house for women in Somerville.

Experts say addiction can be isolating, but a local nonprofit is giving women who struggle with substance abuse a place to call home.

wants women in North Alabama to feel like they are at home with their new "Graduate House."

The nonprofit's mission is to provide sober living for women in North Alabama.

Their program usually lasts nine months, but leaders say sometimes that just isn't enough. So, they raised money and built a home for women to live in after that nine months until they can get back on their feet.

Crystal Steelman is聽the Director and Founder of TLC Recovery House. She says "The Graduate House" will help women stay sober.

Steelman struggled with addiction herself. She lost her family, friends, and felt all alone. However, that all changed eight years ago when she decided to get clean.

"I've got my children back, I've got relationships back," Steelman said. "I have a home, a job, people that love me."

Those are all resources Steelman wishes she had from the start, but聽she's glad her experience now helps others.

"I get it. I've been there. It hits different," Steelman explained. "You know that I can tell them it's going to be okay. It is, and you can do it. If I can do it, you can do it."

Steelman's journey and kindness inspires women like Beverly Tanner who has been sober for more than a year, thanks to TLC Recovery House.

"I found people that really love me and understand me," Tanner said.

She says she's never made it this far into recovery before. She's completed TLC's nine month program, and now she'll be one of several women moving into their newest facility.

Tanner can't wait to live with her sisters in recovery.

"It's something that you're always gonna have in recovery," Tanner explained. "It's your sisters in recovery."

Tanner and several other ladies will move into the "Graduate House" on Aug. 1. They will attend three meetings per week, be regularly drug tested, and most important, be surrounded by a shared sisterhood.

Steelman says her work does not stop here. She plans to raise money and open a "Graduate House" for men next. Steelman聽hopes to name it "Josiah's House" after her son who died battling his addiction.

If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, you can visit for more information and resources.

'I found people that really love me and understand me': Somerville non-profit opens new recovery house for women

TLC Recovery House opens new sober living facility for women that struggle with substance abuse.

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Jillian Kay is a Southern California native and a proud graduate of Emerson College in Boston, where she earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in comedy writing and performance.

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