I came into the 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 good relationships that I have longed for my entire life. I have now been clean for three years and have been on staff for two years. 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!