Debra: ‘Today I have hope’

Debra: ‘Today I have hope’

Debra* completed treatment in St. Monica’s Project Mother and Child program. She has a family and holds a full-time middle management position. She has been sober for five years!

“My life was centered on drugs. The getting and using consumed every waking moment. I was abused daily and I didn’t believe that this world had anything positive to offer. I was beyond hopeless. I was scared, angry and alone. I didn’t come to St. Monica’s by choice, but it was the best thing that has ever happened to me.

“At St. Monica’s, I learned that it was okay to be me, that I was a good person making poor choices, and that I had the power to change. I worked on my parenting, I became financially responsible, and I listened. I listened to the women who had come before me and were making it.

“Today, I have hope. Life is not about drugs, it’s about doing the next right thing. St. Monica’s was exactly what I needed when I needed it. I am now enjoying life with my daughter, who is doing great!”

*While our stories come directly from our clients and graduates, names and images have been changed to protect the women's identities.