Laura S.

My childhood was confusing and chaotic. My dad was an alcoholic and that made his actions very unpredictable. He would mentally and physically torcher my mom and I, so after a while my mom became detached from reality and became codependent on me. Both of my parents were workaholics and because of that I always felt so alone. I’ve had many addictions such as self-mutilation that started at the age of 7, then I moved on to men and drugs at the age of 15. By the time I was 21 I was already an IV user. That’s when crack and heroin became my drug of choice. At the same time, I ended up losing everything, even custody of my 2-year-old daughter, but by the grace of God I always ended up surviving. I was so naïve to what drugs really were and I also started to self-medicate. Drugs became my best friend, my only friend and I felt that I was no longer alone. Before coming to the Home of Hope I was in another program and while I was there, I was introduced to Teen Challenge. I hope to transform into a godly woman and become the mother I was meant to be. I want to be able to help the lost and hopeless one day when I’m healed.