This is my story. I guess I should start simple. I am a 32 year old mother of three. I was at my bottom. I had thrown my life away from my drug addiction. I had walked away from my children, and became something that I was not proud of. I had no self-esteem at all, no job, no money, and nothing to do with my children. There was nowhere to turn or so I thought. I was using daily and got caught.
I was put in jail and when I got out had nowhere to live and a bunch of requirements from the courts to do. I was not through using so I went back out to use some more. I was careless while on the run and got put back in jail for a little visit.
I had decided by this time that I had had enough and was ready to quit. From there it was an uphill climb. I was sent to Wichita to a halfway house.
Again I knew no one. I was then sent to Winfield to complete reintegration at what used to be King’s Treatment Center. While I was there, the drug court program introduced me to the Eagle nest. I took the F.L.I.T.E. class there. I was taught that I can be self-reliant and can make a life for myself that is positive. Between the lovely ladies at the Eagle Nest, the Drug Court team, and Narcotics Anonymous I have found myself again, along with the dreams that I never thought would come true for me.
I have been clean for going on four years now. I have a good job and I am in school to pursue my career of choice. I have turned my relationship with my children around. My life is not roses but it is manageable now. I have the tools I need to get through anything life throws at me.
I did lose my son to an accident two years into my recovery. I do regret not having gotten clean in time for him to be able to benefit from the changes I have made in my life. I have managed somehow to keep my spirituality, sanity, and my recovery going through all of it, but I could not have walked through that without what I had learned in the steps that it took to get me where I am today. I am a very grateful recovering addict.
I have to thank all of the people that helped me out on this long and winding road. I have finally found my place in life and that is what I was searching for all along.