Voices of Hope is sharing real stories of real people in recovery in an effort to advocate for the rights of people who use drugs to have equal and fair access to health care, treatment and recovery supports without shame and stigma.

My name is Jennifer. I am a mother, a sister, a wife and a person in long term recovery. For as long as I can remember, I had a sense of something missing, something wrong and an unending feeling of dark loneliness. For me, this didn’t start with a traumatic event or situation, it was just always there. Substances seemed to really help, at first. But then, my life became all about drugs and then, the consequences: being arrested, feeling insane and being afraid. I am grateful for the public services that provided interventions, treatment and an introduction to the local 12-step fellowship, where I found the support I needed to change the way I looked at and lived my life. I had to take suggestions, change my lifestyle and come to believe that there is a loving God who wants us all to be healthy, happy and free, and who is available to us all. There are so many people who are in recovery or support recovery in Cecil and Harford Counties who have helped me become the woman I am today.

I am proud to be a part of an organization that makes it easier for others to become connected to the recovery community and change everything for the positive, right here at home. With over 30 years in recovery, I know that change is possible for a lifetime. Each person, each family, each one of our towns is worth the effort to extend harm reduction and recovery access because it WORKS.