Success Story: Sarah

All Children Need Someone to Listen


At the age of four she watched as her mother was shot to death. As a child she was beaten repeatedly by her father. She dropped out of school in the ninth grade; at the same time, she found herself out on her own. She didn’t get the help she needed. And she grew up.

Sarah, now 36, began receiving outpatient therapy services from Pressley Ridge shortly after she was released from jail for drug-related charges. She had a long history of heroin addiction, prostitution and living in the streets.

Ten months ago, Sarah came to Pressley Ridge for therapy because she “had to.” The therapy was mandated as part of her treatment plan at the recovery house where she was living. She wasn’t happy about it and let her therapist know it. But soon Sarah noticed something: her therapist listened to her. Over time, Sarah and her therapist began to build a relationship. As trust grew, Sarah began to share some of her experiences and express her feelings about the past, as well as write poetry about her dreams for a better future.

Sarah is now drug free for two years. During the ten months she worked with Pressley Ridge, Sarah completed her GED, held down a full-time job, saved enough money to rent and furnish her own apartment, and purchase a car. Sarah’s plan includes earning a bachelor’s degree in a human services field. We have no doubts that Sarah will reach that goal and continue setting new ones.

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