“I had been living in my addiction for 30 years before I came to Mending Hearts. I am now 40 years old.  I grew up with my mom who was on drugs and she let me do drugs with her at age 9.  By the time I was 14, I was addicted and always looking for my next high.  I was involved with prostitution, drug possession, and did some jail time. During these years, I had 2 children and lost my son to a gunshot to his head.   I tried to get clean and just could never do it!  Time went by and I eventually detoxed and came to Mending Hearts…and this place changed me! I began to feel like life was worth living again.  Mending Hearts has taught me to love again, to trust myself and others, to think more positively…everyday I am learning something new.  I have a FT job that I like and I have moved out into my own place to begin living independently.  My dream  is to finish raising my 15-year old daughter, to receive my GED and to eventually own my own home one day.”  – Aleshia

“As a recovering drug addict, I’ve come to realize how important my medications and therapy are to my success at staying clean from drugs.  For many years after having a diagnosis of different mental illnesses, I was prescribed medications and suggested to see a therapist.  While taking the medications and seeking therapy inconsistently, I would take my medication and take it as prescribed and see the therapist as I was told, I noticed my using would stop.  When I would feel good and didn’t feel like I needed the medicine any longer, I would stop the medicine and eventually start lying to the therapist and go back to using again. While being at Mending Hearts, I have been shown that having a regular routine and accountability, and the right medication and therapy, is a must for me to stay clean.” – Kristy

“I am incredibly grateful to Mending Hearts for providing me with structure, stability, accountability, a place to call home, and a feeling of love and appreciation.  Taking in the knowledge provided by the staff at Mending Hearts, with an open mind, willingness, and the integrity to do the next right thing when no one is looking, allows me to build a firm foundation in my recovery.”  – Allison

“I had hit the bottom of a dark, cold, lonely pit.  I had lived 17-years of complete self-destruction.  I did not care who I took down with me along the way.  My whole life I never felt like I fit in anywhere.  My goal was to escape the world I existed in.  I would have sold my soul for my next fix.  Sometimes I wonder if that’s what I had done.  I never knew there was another way to live until I came to Mending Hearts.  I was court ordered to complete the program as the beginning of my nine-year sentence; the remainder on probation.  Since being [at Mending Hearts] I have experienced things I never thought possible.  I have made legal money.  I have developed relationships with people that have proven to me they have no motive other than to truly be my friend.  I have developed some self-esteem and I am learning that I am someone.  I have a relationship with my children today.  I have learned to accept who I am and what I have done throughout my life.  I have a relationship with God today.  He has a purpose for me.  I can use my my experience, strength and hope to help other women in any way possible.” – Crystal

“‘She’s just a good woman trying to be a better woman while inspiring and helping the next woman.’  I have come so far in my recovery.  I have learned to love and accept myself.  I’m a beautiful woman inside and out.  I want nothing more than to continue my journey and help other women who struggle with addiction just like myself.  I am very grateful to Mending Hearts.  Without this program I wouldn’t be the women I am today.”  – Leslie