Voice of Mary
I enrolled in college when my child was one
year old. I did well
and earned a 4.0 GPA, but within a short time, to keep up with
the work, I started snorting and smoking methamphetamine – I could
get away with two to three hours of sleep a day when I did.
Before long, I was smoking every day, and when smoking lost
its effect, I learned to shoot up.
Within a short six months, everything in my life unraveled –
I lost my friends, my grades slipped to C’s, D’s, and
F’s, I quit
school, and I sold boxes of stolen checks and wrote bad checks
for cash. Finally, I was arrested. My son, then two years old, was
placed with my mother. The courts and my mother told me that
I couldn’t see him again until I got treatment.
HSI was there for me, offering me a treatment program,
not just once, but twice – it took a relapse for me to finally
surrender, and to understand that I can’t just fix myself.
HSI coordinated the many people I needed to recover.
Looking back, I remember laughing and swearing at every one
of them – my probation officer, the child protection workers,
the police, my attorney, my doctor, my chemical dependency
counselors – but they hung in there with me, they are all
necessary in my life. I am so thankful for them. If it wasn’t
HSI orchestrating all those people and helping me, I’d be dead
I am happy. I am living in my own apartment in a building with
several other mothers who are in recovery, and my mom is my
friend again. Best of all, I’ve got my son back who is now
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