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I was 18 years old with a baby and another on the way. Never touched drugs a day in my life till the day the father of my children begged me to try cocaine just once so I knew how it felt. All it took was one time to get hooked, and boy was I. My family turned on me and we ended up in the court system. Child protective Services was called on me because my family was in fear of my children's lives. Sometime after my second child was born, their?father and i?had been on a horrible month long binge. I was not allowed to see them until I checked myself into rehab, I was terrified. It took my child's father beating me on my son's second birthday, which I missed, for me to realize I wanted out and needed help. I checked into rehab the next day. Don't get me wrong the road I went down was much more difficult then it sounds. I went to rehab twice, the first time was a joke to me, the second time I actually listened and tried. I wanted to do everything I could to get my kids and my life back, and I did. For weeks I had to participate in court ordered out patient services, family violence counseling, drug court, groups, parenting classes, and meet my goal of getting a full time job and my own place to live. I achieved everything I set my mind to. The road to recovery was hard, I relapsed one time, caught myself, and brought myself back to reality. Support from my family, friends, and everyone?involved with the rehab and cps and drug court helped me get through it all, seeing my kids smiling faces is what makes it all worth it. Their dad is still in and out of prisons and on and off drugs, but to this day I have been clean for almost 6 years and still counting. I love my life clean and sober. Thank God for everyone he put here for me.

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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1. Elena
Thank you, Cathy! It's such an exciting time in all of this, now, with the new reaesrch on the developing brain and the resulting understandings of why teens need different kinds of treatment options than the traditional models developed around and by adult.
2. Ninja 650 Lady
Nice site. I just bookmarked you.
3. Cc
it's all about relationship. during the teen years we have to work harder to maintain a connection and stay in relationship with our kids. letting them know we will always be there and love them is a huge part of trust and ultimately a primary connection that will be very powerful in the child..young adults choices and their ability to manage peer influence.
4. Jane
Congratulations on being strong enough to fight this disease!