Casey's Story: Motherhood Pulled Me Out Of The Trenches Of Addiction

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My name is Casey and I am the most grateful recovering addict. I was blessed to grow up in a loving home with amazing parents. In high school, I started smoking weed which was around the same time that I met my best friend Josh. We did everything together.

When I was 19, I started dabbling in opiates which quickly became a daily thing. I was then introduced to heroin which was a cheaper form of opiates. On March 31, 2015, my life, as I knew it, changed forever. I got the call that Josh took his life. I couldn't bear the pain from his death. I made the decision to use needles for the first time to numb my pain. I was quickly sucked into a life of using drugs in any way that I could. Heroin quickly turned into fentanyl, meth, and others. The withdrawals would be so bad I would do anything to get money fast. I ended up burglarizing a house and that's when I caught my first charge. After getting arrested multiple times after that, I was finally placed on house arrest for 10 months.

Once I was released from house arrest, I used for another 3 months until I realized I was repeating the same cycle over and over again. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. I asked for help and went to treatment. I went to a 6 month program where I was able to speak about my traumas and get the deep help I needed. During my recovery, I got the shock of my life and found out that I was pregnant! I was told I couldn't have kids with all the abuse that my body endured. I was terrified that I wasn't ready to be a mom yet. Luckily, I had a great support system, a supportive boyfriend, and one of the best moms in the world.

On October 31, my beautiful daughter Luna Jo was born, and my life changed forever. She has brought me so much joy and fulfillment. I have a purpose in life. Her middle name is 'Jo' after Josh and my mother's middle name.

Sobriety has brought so much peace into my life. I will forever be grateful to motherhood. I pulled myself out of the trenches and now I have the opportunity to reach back in and pull people out. This was just a small part of my big story.  August 29th, 2024, I will be four years clean and sober. And I couldn't be more grateful to Avenues for the opportunity to help people heal and find the lives they deserve!!!! Happy mother's day to all the beautiful mommies out there!! 

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