I came to Women of Hope in January 2019 broken and alone, having lost everything to addiction once again. I’ve battled addiction for almost 20 years. I’ve been to countless rehabs and programs, only to relapse time and time again. Each time, I would lose a little more hope that I would ever live without drugs. My life had become a trail of broken promises, shattered hearts, and wasted potential.
I had periods of recovery in the past, but feelings of depression, anxiety, shame, and self-doubt would creep back in. For as long as I can remember, feelings of depression overshadowed every area of my life. I had a great life and loving parents, but I still stayed so depressed.
When I was a teenager, I began to self-medicate. My drug use skyrocketed after the birth of my first child. I began using heroin intravenously for the next 8 years. There were times of recovery, but none lasted. During this time, I had two more children, and would eventually lose custody of all three of them.
It was in jail that I met Pastor Marcie and got accepted into Women of Hope. While I was there, I found freedom form the depression and I have seen God’s love for me in new ways. I now have great relationships that I have longed for my entire life.
I have been on staff for over a year and I am so grateful to give back to the ministry that helped me get my life back. There has been tremendous healing in my family and there is more coming! His timing is perfect. I am living proof of the grace of God, and if He did it for me, He will do it for anyone!