24 Jul Jennifer’s Story – We need to invest our resources in people! It’s worth it!
Hi, my name is Jennifer; I am in long-term recovery, which means I haven’t use drugs or alcohol in more than eight years.
I am from a small town; all of my grandparents worked at the same wood mill and attended the same church. I have one son; he is the love of my life. I like to grow flowers and someday might even attempt to grow vegetables. Employed with the same company for the last six years; I love my job and co-workers.
When I was about 12-years old I started drinking, I was an alcoholic from the very beginning. In my small town, I drank myself into many humiliating and dangerous situations. I was so ashamed and unable to quit drinking.
I ran away to Portland and soon found meth. This solved my drinking problem but led me down an even more chaotic and more dangerous path. I was lost to the drugs.
At age 28, I heard about Hooper Detox and made my way there. This was the end of my drug addiction and beginning of a brand new life.
The people at Hooper seemed to care about me. The kept me there until I was welcomed into a program; the Community Engagement Program. The staff and counselors talked to me about solutions and told me there are people who have recovered from substance use disorders. They took me to meet other people who were in recovery.
They gave me support; they gave me a safe place to sleep and took me to the doctors. They taught me about relapse prevention and thinking errors. They helped open the door to vocational rehabilitation so I could become employable.
I was on my way! It was the start of a new life for me, a new way to live.
I have nine years clean and sober.
Please, please don’t give up on people like me. Support recovery by letting your legislators know, we need to keep community-based treatment, invest in prevention and education. We need to invest our resources in people! It’s worth it!