I graduated from WRAP House in early 2010. After graduating from the 90-day treatment program, I movedinto safe and affordable housing owned and operated by Transitions, Inc. I celebrated the birth of my daughter at the end of 2010 while in this housing.
I am employed by a local non-profit organization through a ready-to-work program, where I assist with referrals. I am attending school at Gateway Community and Technical College, maintaining a 3.6 grade point average. I have an interest in becoming a substance abuse therapist.
In my free time, I enjoy being with my daughter and helping others. I am active in the recovery community by holding service positions, chairing meetings and freely giving back.
I am grateful for the many services Transitions, Inc. has afforded me. I am blessed to have housing available that is affordable and safe for my daughter and I. I appreciate living in an environment where residents are held accountable for their actions and behaviors. I am grateful to live with other women and children who are actively participating in a recovery based life.
I graduated from drug court and continue to focus on recovery. I will celebrate 2 years of sobriety this month and greatly enjoy living a life free from the bondage of drugs and alcohol.
Free at Last
When I was 12 or 13 I found out that alcohol could make me feel good enough and removed my fears. My Father left me, my mother, four brothers, and three sisters. I had a chip on my shoulder for a long time. I ran away from everything. The only answer I had was to drink. When I got older it became alcohol and drugs. After awhile the same thing that took my problems away turned on me like a thief in the night. It made my problems seem bigger. I could no longer work. I lost my wife and son due to my behavior. Alcohol and drugs told me where to go, it ran my life. I just wanted to die. So I prayed to God one night looking on the table in front of me lied my 5th of Seagram’s and my needle and cocaine and my life flashed in front of my face. I just couldn’t take it any more. I told God to kill me or heel me, but I preferred death. The next day I was arrested for possession of cocaine. I went to jail and was offered drug court, it was the hardest thing I’ve endured, but I could no longer live the way I was. I was offered a way to live through 12 suggested steps of AA and had a sponsor. That has taught me the dependency of God’s grace in all my ways. By the help of others that God put here and there, my whole life has transformed.
Sometimes I get caught in life’s hurdles, but never have been so happy and grateful to all the people that helped me and it still continues. My mother and brothers and sisters are so proud of me, but I know its Gods grace. I was homeless when this journey started and wasn’t working. Today, I work for Transitions and am Grateful for the support and the help they do for me. I feel good when I give a Client Hope when he wants to quit or give up. I tell them don’t quit the race, your life will be transformed. I kind of share my experience, strength and hope and try to put a smile on their face. I teach them the importance of safety, food, and cleanliness and just take actions that’s in front of them . Today sometimes I get tears in my eyes when I see how God has transformed my whole life. I no longer have to drink or drugs. When a problem arises in my life, I face it and pray and ask God for directions and it’s done. My life is full today. I have a purpose and a passion for life.