I was a girl that was at a dead end road living with my parents and not willing to change. One day I woke up and the law was in my driveway taking me to jail over a meth lab. I spent two weeks there and ended up on home confinement. I was depressed, angry, and unhappy all of the time until one day I decided to get help. I called the Rea of Hope and got on the waiting list. When I arrived at the Rea of Hope I was so scared, everyone gladly welcomed me. I was surprised at the meetings and recovery Charleston had around it. The first month was very testing on me trying to get a job and learning the rules. I remember thinking I can't do this and feeling like giving up. Many times I just called my mother to tell her all of the things I wanted her to hear, hoping she would tell me to come home. I was asked to tell my mother one day that I was not being abused here. So I did, and after that day I realized why I was told that. I was acting out. I had put my mother and father through so much already it was time to grow up and stop with calling them about every situation that I had going on here and worrying them for nothing. After a while I only wanted to call them to ask if they were ok and if my kids needed anything. I began a journal here and reading back on the pages now. I used a lot of self-pity and was almost like a kid. I didn't know how much I depended on my family for all of my needs. I began to see growth when I surrendered and began working on myself. My plan was to get through with the program and go home, but my graduation was postponed due to my hours at work. So at first I cried and was so angry. When it was all said and done it was worth it. I had a new perspective on life. I did not want to leave the Rea of Hope where I had grown to love and have great friends, a great support group, and a great staff, and people who truly loved me. If I were not held back, I would never have received any of the lessons I have learned today. I went to the apartments after graduation and I was asked to come to the office. I was asked if I would like to work for the Rea of Hope! I felt excitement and joy! What an honor to do that. I was amazed, here I was ready to go home and now I'm working for the house I wanted to leave. I know I can work today and keep a job. I am a good mother. My oldest son said "mom, you and dad are role models to me today" and told me how proud he was of me. My parents don't worry today about my well-being. I have gotten a second chance where some will never know. Thanks to the Rea of Hope, I get the privilege to work with other addicts who look up to me today! The Rea of Hope has changed my life to the fullest and I am forever grateful for being a part of all of this.
I am from Greenbrier County. I am 31 years old. I have 2 kids, which my mom has adopted, and I now live here at New Life Apartments in Charleston, WV. I was at the Rea of Hope once before in 2011 and 2012. I was here trying to get my only child back then. I had no intention of staying clean. I didn't want to stay here and go to their apartments back then. I wanted to go back to my hometown and I did. I ended up getting custody back of my son. I got a job. I continued to use and got on a maintenance program for a while. I met a guy, 20 years older than me. The first time we went out I bought pills off of him. It was a very toxic relationship that would last for almost 5 years. Over the course of the next five years I ended up losing my job, my son, my family, my home, and most importantly myself. My addiction only got worse. I ended up pregnant again. I never had any prenatal care. I guess I thought if I didn't go it wasn't really true. The drugs were more important. By this time I was never home to see my son, so he moved to Roanoke with my mom and her husband. While I was pregnant, my dad's house burnt down due to my boyfriend and I. We had been making meth and selling it to support our habits. I was arrested and charged with 3 felonies. I had my daughter and she was born addicted because I used anything and everything with her. I gave up rights to both kids because the drugs had me hooked. I couldn't get enough. I went to court and was sentenced to a 1-5 with a chance at reconsideration. So I wrote the only place I knew of that hopefully would give me a second chance. I wrote to Marie and Elaine at the Rea of Hope in Charleston. I heard back from them a couple weeks later when I got my phone interview. I would continue to write them from jail for the next 5 months. I had a lot of time to think while I sat there confined to a jail cell. I didn't like what I had become. I got to the Rea of Hope on July 19, 2016, and my life has gotten so much better. I knew that if I really wanted to change I had to put in the footwork. This time I took their suggestions. I got a sponsor and actually used her. I worked the steps to work on me from the inside out. I also got a job. I am self-sufficient today. I work and pay my own bills. I also decided not to go back to my home town. If I really wanted things to change I would stay here in New Life Apartments, which I did. I am now a graduate of New Life also, but I'm choosing to continue to stay here. I have more goals I am trying to reach. I'm not quite where I need to be, but I get closer every day. My life is amazing today. I have a relationship with both of my kids today and my family is included. I have a new freedom today away from drugs and alcohol. I have peace within me that I have never known before.
"I came to the Rea of Hope still very closed off and unsure of myself. I was not sure I could be responsible and independent. Transitioning from treatment to sober living was hard at first. I quickly realized I was surrounded by loving, supportive people who wanted nothing more than for me to succeed. As my time here progressed, I learned a lot about myself. Through the structure I learned discipline. I had been full of guilt, regret, fear, and blame. I have learned forgiveness, faith, and accountability. I'm filled with gratitude for the opportunity for growth that the Rea of Hope has given me and for the continued support I will receive in New Life Apartments."
"I want to thank the Rea of Hope for giving me the opportunity to have a chance at life again. The Rea has given me a home filled with love and has taught me to be self-sufficient, dependable, employable, and to love myself again. I have built awesome relationships and true friendships here. I am able to be in my kids' lives again and will soon have guardianship of my youngest. I am truly blessed for Marie and Elaine to open the doors and give me a foundation to build on. I have learned how to live again, sober! I owe it all to the Rea of Hope." Amy is continuing her journey at New Life Apartments.
"I would like to thank the Rea of Hope for helping me get my life back. Since being here, I've built a strong foundation for my recovery. I've built an amazing relationship and bond with my children. I've gotten my driver's license back. I have been able to buy a car. I am going home with eight months sober!" Tina returned home to Huntington, West Virginia.