Recovery Stories

Sonja’s New Life

At a very young age Sonja found herself drinking alcohol as a way to suppress the trauma she had gone through in her childhood. Later on she found in cocaine the consolation she needed when life just simply wasn’t going her way.

She had a tough childhood. Her dad passed away when she was 6 years old. She grew up watching her mother and grandmother suffer from alcoholism. Her mom passed away at the age of 44 from cirrhosis of the liver. Two of her uncles also died of the same disease. “It runs in my family”, she said. “So I knew I had to do something different with my life.”

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The Student Becomes The Teacher

There are many ways to describe Kimberly – Compassionate, Driven, Blessed. When you meet her you immediately get the impression that she is a well adjusted person who has a great life. But something else describes Kimberly. Her past.

By the age of 12, Kimberly was in and out of foster care and found herself living on the streets of Houston. She stated, “I was doing and dealing crack and heroin and when it was all said in done I had a 21 year active addiction.” Kimberly continued, “I gave the Texas Department of Criminal Justice a total of 7 years of my life but that never stopped me from using.” As a 5 time felon, Kimberly never received any treatment while incarcerated which only led to her returning to her addiction when released. In addition to her freedom, Kimberly had to give up her son when she became pregnant at age 17. It wasn’t until 13 years later that the two of them were reunited as mother and son. Years later and pregnant with her second child, she heard about Santa Maria and decided to call. It would be this call that changed her life. “The lady that answered the phone was the very first person to actually care about me in my entire life” Kimberly reflected. “She made me want to get better.”

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