…in her own words
In the last two years I lost custody of my son. I entered a treatment program named F.I.R.S.T (Families in Recovery Staying Together) for my substance abuse. I struggled staying sober for the first two months of treatment, so my therapist gave me the option of residential treatment or drug court.
During my time in the drug court, I had one slip and I served 24 hours in jail, where I realized that I love myself and my son too much to keep putting us in that situation. When I got out of jail, I had the drive and motivation to be a better mother and person. I stepped up as a leader in the F.I.R.S.T program. I graduated the treatment program in March 2011, and I continued at a level 5 until my graduation from Drug Court. I realized I am exactly where I am supposed to be in life. I gained full custody of my son and the case closed in May 2011. I am involved in the B.I.O.N.I.C speaking group and after care program.
Thank you Department of Children and Family Services and Drug Court for giving me back a life worth living. I was an addict in a physically abusive relationship for 10 years. An overdose and pure insanity was not enough to get me to stop. During my final trip to the hospital for my drug use and begging for help, the Department of Human Services stepped in and removed my 7-year-old daughter. This was a blessing. They gave me suggestions on what I could do differently. I entered a residential treatment facility and successfully completed treatment. I completed all services to get my daughter back.
In June of 2011, I hit 6 years of sobriety, and I now work with other women who have recovery barriers, and who are working toward sobriety and self-sufficiency. My daughter is now 13, and in 7th grade. She has maintained Honor Roll for the last 2 years with a 4.0 GPA.
My life today is more than I could have ever dreamed. I don’t know where I would be today if the child welfare system hadn’t stepped in. They gave me the opportunity to be a parent again, and they supported me through that process. I have learned that recovery is possible, and to not feel ashamed to ask for help.
Faces and Voices of Recovery www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org