I had been in active addiction since the age of 15, and continued on until December 28, 2018 when I was 39. In 2018, I was pregnant with my 3rd child, evicted from my home, living in a cold garage, and eating food out of the garbage. I was hopeless, broken and using drugs. My family wanted nothing to do with me anymore, and my 2 kids were being cared for by family. I was so far into my addiction, that I wasn’t capable of being a mother. Yet, here I was about to bring another innocent child into chaos.
At 36 weeks pregnant, I decided to call Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers to complete an assessment. I requested to enter Nevaeh Ridge because I knew that I needed intensive treatment, and that they accepted children as well. It’s very much like a home environment and not just a facility which I loved.
On December 28th, 2018, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. By the grace of God she was born healthy despite me using the entire 9 months.
On January 1st 2019, I entered treatment at Nevaeh Ridge right from the hospital with my 4 day old baby. This was the best decision I ever made. I completed the 90 day program, and decided to extend for 3 more months. I learned how to live life again, be a mother, and get my life back on track.
Today, I am 20 months sober. I have a nice home to live in, all 3 of my kids in my life, and healthy relationships with my family. I sponsor 3 girls, and soon will have an opportunity to work at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. I am so grateful for what they have done for me and my baby. They loved me until I could love myself again. I never thought that I would be where I am today. Recovery is possible.