Lisa’s Journey to Freedom
Published on May 28, 2020
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Lisa wanted to share her story in hopes it would provide hope to someone.
I began using mood altering substances at 14 years old. I spent a lot of my 20s selling and using drugs. For me, it was what life was about. I got my first prison sentence at 28. I was locked up for 6 years. I did my best to remain compliant on my parole, however, once I was released, I went back to the life I knew. That led me to being in and out of jail and prison until I was 42.
At 39, I lost my parental rights to my children and at that point in my life I’d lost the only reasons to live. So I went on a wild using spree that was just devastating. I was arrested and just tired of the same routine of getting out of jail and using so I started seeking help for my problems.
I got out and went to a homeless shelter and humbled myself to get a dependency assessment. From there I went to treatment and stayed 4 months in inpatient treatment waiting for a bed to open up at Red River Recovery Center.
I got connected with CCRI and my ARMHS worker Jamie helped me begin my journey to freedom, which is the way I look at it. I would make goals, set a schedule and follow the schedule I accomplished many small tasks that led me to receiving housing and eventually leaving Red River Recovery Center after 8 months of treatment. I now have my own place and a car and go to college. CCRI and Jamie and Natasha and Linda have been such a tremendous part of my recovery and stability in my life that even though I did the work, the guidance I’ve received has truly helped me become stable. I also work with Lakeland for my mental health so I can function in a world that I’ve never been a positive part of.
I am waiting to be a certified peer specialist also. It’s exciting to have become a person who wants to work with people in recovery.
I’m now 27 months sober and connected to my community. Thanks for letting me share this short story with you.