24 Jul Jaclyn ask is more funding for Peer Support (It Works)
Hi, my name is Jaclyn and I am in long-term recovery, which means I haven’t used any drugs or alcohol since January 1st 2009. My life for the last five years has been the gift that only recovery could give to me.
I am originally from California but moved to Oregon with my mother when I was five years old. I have one stepsister and two younger sisters that I love dearly, I am mother to three children, two boys, and one girl and they are the loves of my life and the inspiration that keeps me on my path. I do Peer Support with Iron Tribe and my job is more rewarding than I could ever explain or even attempt to put in to words, I am truly blessed by the people I get to work with and the work that I get to do with people in the community.
When I was a little girl, I grew up with my mother as an addict, and exposed to some of the use of drugs and drinking that causes a dysfunctional lifestyle. At the age of 11, I had my first drink and at the age of 13, my first experience with meth, pot and LSD. It was recreational at first, my drinking became a constant at the age of 22 and my drug use took control of my life at the age of 25, my downward spiral was a slow one.
My habit increased, as a single mom that worked 16 hours a day 6 days a week for years, and now at the age of 24 had an on the job injury, I self medicated on a daily basis.
My drug use took over my life and I lost everything until in 2009 when I went into Volunteers of America Woman’s Residential Center. (drug treatment program) I graduated treatment and enrolled in college.
Since that time, I have graduated from college with my associate’s degree in Medical Assisting, regained custody of my children, actively participated in Oxford Houses; I am very involved in a 12-step program. Later I became a member of Iron Tribe and found the support and family unity that I needed to stay clean and live a healthy life.
It was at this place in my path that I truly felt my higher power working in my life and my new life started to take shape for me, I now get to give back to the community in a way that I didn’t ever think was possible. I get to give to people the things that were missing in my life for me when I so desperately needed it and watch them grow; I get to be a witness and solid support for them as they reach for their goals and successes!
My job enables me to provide Peer Support to individuals in need on their journey in recovery. My job is not give up on those who struggle with addiction/mental Health and those in need of help in reunification with families. If there was one thing that I could ask for it would be more funding for Peer Support, the success rate that I have seen so far exponentially supersedes all other programs that I am aware of so far in my personal experience.