I got sent to detox. I also learned I was pregnant. I hit rock bottom as they say. I got sent to the Florence Crittenton Home for substance abuse treatment and I was there for 23 months. I tried hard to stay clean for my baby and I had many ups and downs. I gave birth to my son and more than anything I wanted to be a good mother.
When it came time for me to leave Crittenton there was no way I could be with any of my own family because of their addictions. So I was placed in a foster home in Eastern Kentucky. I passed my GED, I work full-time for a pizza shop and I’ll be starting at the community college to become a nurse. When I’m having a hard time I still look at the books I got when I was at Crittenton and as the books says I try to “bloom where you are planted.” I never thought I’d say this but the books really do help. I can’t express all that Crittenton did for me the home, the treatment, the staff. Without the time I spent there I wouldn’t be alive and neither would my son.
It takes hard work every day but I am turning my life around for me and for Gavin who is now two years old.