Woman Celebrates 364 Days Of Sobriety After 33 Years Of Addiction

By Kelly Burch 03/05/19

“The longer I’m clean the more I like myself the way I am and I don’t need all those things,” said the Washington-based woman.

Woman celebrates her sobriety outside

A year ago, if residents of Port Angeles, Washington, saw Jenni Tiderman standing on a street corner, it was likely that she was panhandling or trying to score her next fix. This week, however, Tiderman was out for an entirely different reason, holding a sign on the street corner celebrating 364 days of sobriety. 

“I’ve received so much support from this community, it’s amazing,” Tiderman told The Peninsula Daily News. “At first people thought I was out there panhandling… but this is just to spread awareness and hope that this can be done. If you knew me when I was out there in my active addiction, where I’m at right now is absolutely amazing.”

Tiderman was addicted to meth, marijuana, alcohol for 33 years, she said.

However, she has now been sober for a year. “The longer I’m clean the more I like myself the way I am and I don’t need all those things.”

She couldn’t celebrate publicly on her one-year anniversary because her sister was getting married that day. It’s clear that family is important to Tiderman, who has been able to reconnect with her six children over the course of the year.

Her sister, Tami Maupin, has been sober from meth and heroin for two years and was on hand to celebrate Tiderman’s milestone. 

“I get to give her the one year coin,” said Maupin. “I didn’t know she could make it here… but I feel more confidence in her daily. She’s doing the stuff she’s supposed to be doing and I’m so proud of her.”

Maupin said that she keeps a close eye on her sister, helping her navigate recovery. 

“She’s come so far in a year and she has a long ways to go. She’s far from cured, but I trust her and I couldn’t say that a year ago. I trust her today, and that’s pretty huge.”

Tiderman’s father, Dale Tiderman, said that his family is all healing now that Tiderman is sober. 

“We’re all just really proud of her and how she’s been doing,” he said. “You can’t force someone to get better; they have to want it themselves. She finally found and seized the opportunity and she’s doing it.”

The Rev. Jason Himmelberger, who is Tiderman’s pastor, said that she is an example of what can happen when the community supports people in recovery. 

“The community support has helped her quite a bit and that’s where I think it’s so important for us as a community to remember that people struggling with addiction are sons and daughters too. If we are to apply that same support to all of them, what would that do in their lives?”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.