Liz’s Story- she asks, “Please, please don’t give up on people like me”

Liz’s Story- she asks, “Please, please don’t give up on people like me”

Hi, my name is Liz and I have lived a life without drugs and alcohol for almost three years. I live a life of recovery. I have 2 children and am studying to be a drug and alcohol counselor.

I come from a broken home; have lived all over the west coast bouncing from one family member to the next. I spent 17 years in a foster home.

When I was fifteen I started smoking pot. I had always felt lonely and like an outsider. I wanted to fit in and went along with the peer pressure. I wanted to be a part of the crowd. By the time I was eighteen, I was drinking pretty heavy and at nineteen I found meth. I thought all my problems were solved.

In reality my life began a downward spiral. At age thirty I lost my children and was so depressed I started using heroin. After 8 months and 3 overdoses I hit my rock bottom. My probation officer was fed up with me and put me into county jail to detox.

After 10 days in jail I went to Volunteers of America Women’s residential center for intensive inpatient treatment. Within five months of inpatient treatment, I graduated and moved into clean and sober housing and I lived there for 1 year.

While in that supportive housing, I regained custody of both of my children, finished drug and alcohol treatment aftercare, got into school and now I have my own apartment.

I am on my way and this is the start of my new life, I have 18 months clean and sober. I couldn’t have done this without community based treatment.

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Support recovery by letting our legislators know we need to keep community based treatment and invest in prevention and education.

We need to invest in people.

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