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Maria: 'You gave me hope'

Maria’s life was out of control. She’d dropped out of school to spend all her time getting high with her friends in a small Nebraska town. She’d already lost custody of a baby girl when both mom and daughter tested positive for meth at birth. When she became pregnant a second time, she came to St. Monica’s.

After a few days she returned home to her circle of friends who use. That, she said, was an eye-opener. “I didn’t want that anymore,” she says. “I wanted to have my son, try harder, and just not be high all the time.”

She came back to treatment and spent two months in intensive primary care, then moved to St. Monica’s Project Mother & Child to continue her recovery while learning the parenting and life skills to succeed on her own. Her son, Jared, was born healthy and drug free, in an atmosphere of love and support.

Today, Maria is 2 years sober and is taking classes at community college with plans to work in radiology. Jared is thriving and loves to sit on her lap and read board books. She is grateful for a second chance for herself and her son.

“Without St. Monica’s, I would not be where I am now,” Maria says. “You gave me hope.”

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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.

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