Overcoming addiction in the face of pressure is difficult, but
Emily made that possible through her resiliency, benevolent
personality, and determination to overcome tough obstacles. Now
she is a thriving adult, happy with her job and the social
circles she is a part of. She is spiritual, a costume jewelry
collector, and she knows what she wants in life. Before she
became the confident person she is today, Emily needed to grow
and learn that the life she was living isn’t the life she wants.
A few years ago, Emily battled depression and longed for friends
and a romantic partner to share her life with. Eventually, Emily
met a homeless man whom she invited into her home with the hopes
they could become friends. The man saw an opportunity and invited
some of his friends to her home and turned it into a “safe-haven”
for drug use with constant traffic of people spending time there.
They offered her drugs which she felt pressured to partake in to
keep her “friends.” Her home became filled with bed bugs, and it
no longer felt safe anymore with the amount of people staying
there constantly. The turning point wasn’t until her Service
Coordinator came to visit for a meeting and saw the serious state
of disarray Emily’s home was in. Emily had to leave behind all of
her bed-bug infested belongings and begin a new life.
Now, Emily has made so many positive changes in her life. She has
a job that she is happy with, friends who are good and kind to
her, showing her that they care. Her friends describe her as
someone who is easygoing and welcoming. Emily has a
relationship with God and goes to church frequently. She
describes her turning point as a spiritual awakening because she
saw how much her choices could have negatively impact her life.
She actively participates in a 12-Step Program, continuously
bettering herself every day by recently give up smoking
Emily’s hopes and dreams have expanded beyond the desires to have
relationships with others. In a few more years, Emily plans to go
to school to study Criminal Psychology, with the hope that she
will be able to help teenagers with their homework by the means
of an interactive and playful setting. She wishes to be a mentor
to young adults and help them not make the same mistakes she
made. With her drive and determination, Emily will go far and
will overcome any obstacle in her way.