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Andrea: 'Realize that you can have another chance'

I lost my mother when I was 7. She fought a lifelong battle with men and abuse, finding comfort only with alcohol ~ and it eventually became her death at 29. I remember always wondering why she gave up and left my sister and me behind. 

Men and meth were a way to hide and escape the pain. At 15 I became pregnant with a daughter who I thought would change me, but I found myself running. I wasn’t a good mother. I walked out before she turned 1. I had broken my own promise, to never do to her what I went through.

I met a man who made my life a constant game of truth or dare. I spent years in and out of that relationship, always going back to the abuse. Meth to us was a life that was normal, and my addiction was another way for him to control me. To see why my mother lost hope was becoming clear. How much can I do until I die became my goal.

One night I cut my wrists to the tendons. I called my father from the ambulance. Suddenly I didn’t want to die. I had a reason to live, a broken promise to heal.

That’s how I came to St. Monica’s. I am now 31 years old and working on getting my daughter back. If you take something from my story, realize that you can have another chance. It’s up to you to take a hold of it.”  

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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.

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