In a campaign to combat stigma in our community, Voices of Hope is sharing real stories of real people in recovery. No matter how bad it may seem, people do get better and become productive members of our community. Every person struggling with a health condition deserves dignity and respect from health care workers – with the belief that people do recover. We DO. Thank you, Jerah, for stepping up to be a face and voice of recovery!
During active addiction I used Meth and Fentanyl. I lost both of my children to the state and I was homeless. I contracted Hepatitis C and had many stays in the hospital due to infections. After sleeping on the handicap ramp behind the PNC Bank in Elkton, MD I finally hit rock bottom. I came into the Voices of Hope Crisis Center in a meth induced psychosis. The peers there helped coordinate treatment for me . That was the beginning of this wonderful, yet tough at times, journey. Over a year later I have regained full custody of both of my children. I have my own apartment with my boyfriend, who is also in long term recovery. Today I work at Voices of Hope doing harm reduction. I also work at Brantwood Family Services where I had resided after treatment and successfully graduated from their 10 month program. I wake up everyday and want to be an adult and a friend and a mother in recovery.