Some of that behavior even led her to some serious consequences, which caused Rakell to be in and out of different therapy programs. That was until she entered Sevita’s specialized neurobehavioral program in Tampa, Florida. There she was able to learn strategies and techniques to help manage her aggression and outbursts.
“The staff here helped me to recognize things were not going well and that I had to start making changes,” says Rakell. “Now, when I get up in the morning, I stay focused on my own behavior. I start each day thinking about what I need to do to have a good day.”
After nine months of treatment, Rakell moved to Sevita’s program in Clearwater, Florida. Now 25 years old, she has her own apartment and is able to live more independently. She is now getting her GED, has a job, and is enjoying life by spending time with friends.
“The staff here has really helped me.” she says. “They are always encouraging me to do my best. Now that I have my behavior in a way that I can be around other people, it’s better. I’ve turned my life around.”
Rakell’s Case Manager, Sereena Wilks-Maryie, commented on her growth.
“Rakell is very resilient and determined to better her future. We are all so proud of her. What we saw from when she first came here – she is a different person in attitude and behavior.”
Rakell has a bright future ahead. With the help of the caring Sevita team, she’s overcome many of the challenges that kept her from living well. Now that she’s thriving, she can enjoy all that life has to offer.