At the age of 18, I started using drugs. Eventually, it led to me using intravenously.
Every doctor, counselor, and treatment center I went to told my parents that they didn’t expect me to make it to the age of 21. I was so deep into my addiction. After going to jail several times, a treatment center out of state even more times and a short stint in prison I started to see the light. I came to a faith-based treatment center in Little Rock, Arkansas called Hoover Treatment Center that completely changed my life.
SAVED my life I guess you could say.
They gave me faith, hope and a lot of love. I’m now 24 years old and 18 months clean. I have a sweet 3-month-old baby boy that is the center of my world and my main motivation. I was blessed with a mom that has always loved me unconditionally and supported me through every up and down in my life, because of her it has always been my dream to become a mother.
When people ask what I want out of life I always tell them I want to be at least half the mom my mother is! My son could not have come at a more perfect time. I now have a job at the same treatment center that helped me through my addiction and begin a new life, as well as, discover a connection with God.
I just recently completed a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA and I loved it so much I’m signing up for another year. My job involves giving hope to those who are hopeless and I LOVE IT. My record has now been expunged and I’m able to vote again.
I’m setting goals and I’m crushing them! I find joy in everyday things because I once lived in so much darkness I can’t help but see light. Often I’m asked if I regret my past, and my answer is always the same.. No, because although my past is far from pretty it is what molded me into the person, employee, Christian, and mother I am today.