I knew my drug addiction was bad when I lost custody of my children. Most people think drug addiction happens to a certain type of person. Not true. In high school I was a stellar student on track to become a fashion model. I had done several fashion shows and was signed to a small modeling agency. After high school, I moved away from my hometown, and moved in with my father and that’s when I took a turn for the worst.
You see, my father was a drug addict, and I was a young girl who desired her father’s approval. At his encouragement, I began doing drugs with him. Before I knew it, I was a full blown addict, as well. I spent the next decade wearing a mask. Working by day, using by night.
During that same time, I had three beautiful girls. As my addiction worsened, my ability to care for them diminished. That’s when my mother stepped in and took custody of them —rightfully so. That was my turning point. I knew I needed help but didn’t know where to turn. Thank God my family did.
They moved me back home and got me into a treatment facility. That’s where I met Ms. Ida Marie, my amazing drug and alcohol counselor. Stern. Direct. Fair. That was Ms. Ida Marie. But she was also a safe haven.
Having worked through my own trauma, now with 20+ years in recovery, I’ve been a refuge for others who need addiction help, but don’t know where to turn. And do you know how they describe me? Stern. Direct. And fair. But also a safe haven.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, there is hope! If you have no hope, I will share some of mine, until you can muster up your own. Call 678-866-4045 or log on to www.abowenscounseling.com today.