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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 around 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!”

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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.


St. Monica's receives funding from United Way, Region V Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program, the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, and generous donors who make recovery possible for hundreds of women and their families each year. Thank you!


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