(BROWNWOOD) — Battling addiction takes determination, drive and a support system. Texas State Technical College alumna Stephanie Narramore used these tools in her own recovery and now uses them to help others.
Narramore graduated in 2015 from TSTC in Brownwood with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling and is now Associate Director of Clinical Services at Starlite Recovery Center in Center Point, Texas.
“TSTC was a really important part of me changing and my recovery. I suffered from a (drug) addiction for 14 years, and it was time for a change for my daughter and for me,” Narramore said.
When Narramore arrived at TSTC, she was nervous to be going back to school as a nontraditional student but was surprised by the support she found.
“I was scared,” Narramore said. “I was really scared to be going to school at my age, 38, but my instructors and the staff were amazing. They helped me to see something in myself that I didn’t at the time. They put in just as much work as I did.”
Elizabeth Jones, a Chemical Dependency Counseling instructor, recognized the willingness to change in Narramore.
“Stephanie came to school determined, prepared and totally ready to make a change in her life,” said Jones, who was also a mentor to Narramore. “She knew that hard work was in her future, and she never walked away from a challenge. She is a role model for other students in the Chemical Dependency Counseling program.”
Driven by her desire to create a better life as a single mother, Narramore earned not only her degree, but also a list of honors along the way.
“I was the guest speaker at my graduation, the Board of Regents Medal of Honor recipient and president of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. It was very validating,” Narramore said.
Narramore’s attitude and will to succeed left a lasting impression on the people she encountered at TSTC.
“Stephanie is hardworking and determined. She sets goals and doesn’t let hurdles get in her way.” Raquel Mata, associate provost of TSTC in Brownwood, said.
In her current position at Starlite Recovery Center, Narramore says she has found a way to help heal others.
“I’ve been where these patients have been, so I know exactly what they’re going through,” Narramore said. “I found my purpose, and it’s being able to make a difference in someone else’s life.”
The TSTC Chemical Dependency Counseling program is available at the Abilene, Breckenridge and Brownwood campuses.
For more information about Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.