Before coming to Faith Mission I was stuck in a world of addiction, crime, and homelessness; just to name a few. I really didn't want to come but I was too sick to live another day the way I had been living for years. I was cold, hungry, and disgusted. This changed for me after being there about 3 or 4 days. My counselor helped me to start believing in myself again. I started to listen to what other people were saying especially the client and the 12-step speakers. I knew I could better myself but I had failed so many times in the past. My pattern was to go to detox and back to the street. But this time I followed the advice of my counselor and went to a 28-day rehab and then to Sober House. Its now 4 years later and my life has changed completely. I'm employed, back in school and most importantly, totally removed from the dark world I once lived in. I also have a nicely furnished apartment and my 3 children are rooting for me 100%. None of this would have happened if I had not been encouraged to make the right decision while at Faith Mission.
My entire immediate family has been destroyed by drugs and alcohol. I never met my father, but my mother died in her 40's from liver problems. My youngest brother is doing 20 years to life, my 2 oldest brothers are both heroin addicts. I have not seen them in years. I swore that I would not be like them but I did. I swore I would be a better mother to my 2 children but I wasn't. I was sent to Faith Mission by my Parole Officer after giving up dirty urines. I just went to get him off my back. I was not serious about getting help. I just didn't want to go back to jail. The first week at Faith Mission was terrible. My counselor kept telling me things I didn't want to hear, like I give up too easy, I make bad choices, I'm self-destructive and that drugs and alcohol would one day kill me. Oh I hated him. How could he talk to me like this. After a few days of anger I laid in my bed and I started to play back all of my life. I didn't like what I saw. I started to see things I had never considered before counseling and I think that was probably the beginning of the end of a self destructive life. After a few more days of thinking and struggling with my own mind I took my counselor's advice and went away for long-term care. I was out of the City for two years while in the therapeutic community. It was there that I learned the skills necessary for me to live the life that I am living today. I am in my fourth year of sobriety and it feels great!