Methamphetamines were Nicole’s drug of choice, along with opiates. When she was 25, she started abusing IV drugs and her life spiraled out of control over the next seven years. In spring of 2014, Nicole was back in jail. Her wake-up call came three weeks later when her 18-year-old daughter ended up in jail beside her. She weighed 80 pounds and was addicted to crack cocaine and was unrecognizable. “That was the moment I knew that something had to change,” remembers Nicole. “That was the day I hit my knees and I prayed to God to help to change and become a person that my daughter could look up to. And I knew that the only way I could do that was through God and through recovery.”
“It was God, is what it was. I had a lot of circumstances that led me right to where I was supposed to be.”
Nicole was facing twelve years in jail. Thankfully, for her, the judge wanted to help her get her life back. After struggling to find a rehabilitation facility, The Next Door came up as a viable option and a short time later Nicole entered our doors.
Nicole entered The Next Door in the fall of 2014 and was greeted with love and acceptance. Over the next year, she received treatment for her addiction, one-on-one counseling, and group counseling. The time she spent with her counselor stands out most to Nicole because she could dig deep into the root of her addiction problem. She was able to move forward.
Nicole moved to the Freedom Recovery Community and was able to see women living life, being sober and interacting with their children. She started taking steps to have a life with her own children again. After several years of not speaking to her youngest daughter, she had her first visit with her while living in the apartments. Soon, her son and granddaughter were visiting her too.
The structure offered by her time in the Freedom Recovery Center created a solid foundation for a successful future. She learned she could pay her own bills and hold a steady job.
“Today, my life is peaceful,” said Nicole. “I have joy in my life. I have my own apartment. I have the same job that I started while I was in the six month program. I started as a cashier and now I’m assistant manager. I’m getting married in May. My life has been transformed and it all started when I walked in the doors of The Next Door because I felt that peace and that love.”
Nicole is just one of hundreds of women we’ve served over the past decade. We offer addiction treatment for women who can afford it and for those who cannot. We are with you and your family every step of the way. If we can help, contact us. Are you ready to create your own story of hope?