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Sandra: 'I see my progress every day in my kids'

Sandra grew up surrounded by drug abuse and trauma. Both of her parents were addicts, and her father was never in the family. Alone, Sandra and her mom often found themselves homeless, and Sandra followed her mother’s lead, drinking and using meth from an early age. Every relationship she had revolved around drugs or getting money for drugs.

Sandra was pregnant and still using when she came to St. Monica’s through Family Drug Court, where a diversion program gave her the opportunity to avoid prison time for drug charges by getting clean and becoming a better parent. She had lost custody of her 6-year-old daughter and was at risk of losing her 5-year-old and 4-year-old sons.

Living at Project Mother & Child helped Sandra create a healthy, stable daily lifestyle for herself and her boys, learning the basics of caring for a household and bonding through kid-friendly family activities. She formed a family-like relationships with the other women at Project Mother & Child: “I’d never had close women friendships before,” she says. Her sons have learned to express their emotions and trust that Mom will take care of their needs. And their baby brother was born into a drug-free household.

Sandra is on her own now but continues to receive support from St. Monica’s as she begins her new life as a sober, caring mother. “I’ve learned that what you’ve done doesn’t have to define who you are,” she says. “And I get to see my progress every day in my kids.”

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Each woman facing addiction has her own story to tell. No two are alike, but they all have something in common: No one can manage recovery alone.

For 50 years, St. Monica’s has been helping women overcome addiction, trauma and mental illness. As part of our yearlong celebration, we are sharing 50 stories of success and inspiration from women who have achieved lasting recovery. We’ll share a new story every week, so check back often.

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Note: All names are pseudonyms to protect client confidentiality.


St. Monica's offers a home and help for women struggling with substance abuse or mental health problems. Learn more about who we are and view a list of our programs and services.


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