I came into the Women of Hope on January 8th 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 a life 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 usage 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 first met Pastor Marcie and got accepted into Women of Hope. Since being here, I found freedom from 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 see my daughter regularly and am working to regain custody of her. I am still waiting to see my sons, but I trust God! 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!