I’m a 25 year old female, who has been addicted to pain pills and heroin for almost 11 years. I tried to make a change in my life by leaving my home and all my belongings. I dropped everything and moved to Colorado in September 2005 with only the things I could carry on my back. When I arrived here, I didn’t know anyone so I ended up being homeless and I stayed that way until May 2007. For nearly two years I lived on the street trying to get my drugs, food, and somewhere warm to sleep on a daily basis.

Two or three months after I got here I was introduced to Joy and the Carriage House. Joy was the only person who had the faith in me and she tried very hard to do whatever I needed. She told me about the Methadone Program in Boulder and I went in and put my name on a waiting list (it was about a two month wait at the time). In April of 2007, a woman I met on the street offered me a place to stay if I helped her out; she was going blind and disabled. I accepted the offer, and while I was staying there a man introduced himself to me and later offered me some odd jobs on the side.

By May, I was working full-time. Two weeks into May, the Methadone Clinic called and said there was an opening in June. I started the program June 7th, 2007. In December of 2007, I found I was pregnant with my little girl, so my life was now changing permanently. I had been clean for a couple months and now I had more of a reason than ever to keep on my path to recovery. On July 27th2008 my healthy, beautiful little daughter was born. I no longer want to live like I have in the past. I am a stay-at-home mom now and my boyfriend (my daughter’s father) works full-time to support us. I’m now working my way off the Methadone Program and trying to go back to school. I want to be a drug and alcohol counselor. I think I could make a difference in someone’s life.

Thanks to Joy and the Carriage House, I’m now a good member of society and proud of where I have come. It was a rough road, but extremely worth every moment of it.

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