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Chronic Homeless Crack Addict Prostitute Turned Mom and Neighbor

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Chronic Homeless Crack Addict Prostitute Turned Mom and Neighbor

I was raised in a broken home by an alcoholic mother. We moved a lot, and I was molested a lot too as well as witnessed her abuse at the hands of a stepfather who tormented us for many years before committing suicide. I became a stripper at 18 but not before marrying at 15, becoming a mom at 16 and becoming a full blown black out, peeing on myself drunk by 17. Drugs came and went and alcohol was a way of life, but when I took my first hit of crack it was all over. Nothing else mattered. I was a prostitute living in flop (trap) houses and doing whatever, robbing, tricking, stealing, begging it didnt matter. I walked out on 3 children and one died (born too early) ?due to my lifestyle. I went to prison twice and had a void that I never could fill. I met someone while I was out there. I was tired, finally just done. Lost, sad and burned. My time was short. I moved in as he wanted to help. And I stopped using. I had to if I wanted off the street. I slipped a couple of times, but as days passed it got easier. Living right in the ghetto I used to walk the streets of I found peace in my soul. I became pregnant and I just kept hanging on. Every craving I fought made me stronger. Eventually I did not even think of ?drugs as much, however after 5 years I do still have my moments, it is just that today RELAPSE IS NOT AN OPTION. My voids are full, and my baby is my center! They had labled me a chronic case, but I am making a difference today, and I am getting my high school diploma at 37 hoping to become a drug abuse councelor and help others like myself. NEVER GIVE UP....THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO FAR GONE, and I am that proof!

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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