Mathew Diedrich

Director of Residence Life

Addiction brought me to my knees and nearly took my life

I moved to Chicago in 2004 to attend Loyola University and graduated in 2007 with a B.B.A. in finance. During eight years of work in corporate banking, I found myself coming home at night feeling empty and hopeless, without a passion for my career.

Ill-equipped to cope with life, I was turning to alcohol and drugs daily to numb myself and carry on with another day. I struggled with the disease of addiction for years, making many visits to rehab centers, detoxes, and sober living homes.

Addiction brought me to my knees and nearly took my life. During a 28-day inpatient stint, my counselor shared that she was in recovery herself. It was at that point that I thought, “maybe I can do this, too…”

I was filled with hope, a dream, and a desire to help others by sharing my story with them. Most importantly, it was at that time that I realized recovery IS possible. With a new design for living, I went back to Loyola to obtain a Masters in Social Work and Certificate of Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

I am thrilled to be part of the Providence Farm Community as the Director of Residence Life and honored to be part of their mission. I come to this position with an intimate understanding of what recovery requires and how to sustain it.

I look forward to working closely and diligently with your family member. Just as my counselor did for me, I look forward to sharing the freedom and possibility of recovery.