After witnessing the near-fatal overdose of both their mother and father, Ava and Nicholas were sent to live with their grandparents and began receiving Enhanced Family-Based Treatment Services through Pressley Ridge.
Finding their parents , Lisa and Jason, in such a state caused a great deal of trauma for the two young children, as you can imagine. It was difficult for the grandparents to determine how to best support Ava and Nicholas, and the therapists helped them understand and manage the multitude of feelings and causes for some of their behaviors. At the suggestion of the therapists, the grandparents also began attending Alanon, a support group for family members of those who struggle with addiction, which helped them determine how they could effectively support Lisa and Jason in their recovery.
As Lisa successfully continued her recovery, the family-based therapists began to work toward reuniting her with her children. They helped Lisa make amends with her kids and prepared both she and her children for visitation and learning to become a family again. They also helped the grandparents with the transition from parenting the kids, which they had been doing for over a year, back to just being their grandparents.
At the conclusion of family-based treatment services, the kids were reunited with their mom and living in supportive housing. Understandably, Lisa experienced challenges with maintaining her sobriety and parenting full time, but she was committed and consistently leaned on the therapists to help them continue to move forward as a family. After 18 months, Lisa is still clean, working a full-time job and living in an apartment with Ava and Nicholas.
Hello. My name is Lisa and I am a recovering addict. My clean date is June 28th, 2017. In the last year and a half my life has changed in so many ways, and not one of them is a bad change…
I overdosed on June 27, 2017 and lost everything. My children were taken from me and my husband and placed with my in-laws, and if it wasn’t for Narcan, they wouldn’t have parents at all. I wouldn’t be able to tell you how I overcame the hardest part of my life. I was told that I needed to go into rehab by a judge and get clean and stay clean if I ever wanted to get my children back. So I did just that…
I successfully completed that program and on November 5th, I moved into my own apartment with my children. I love life. I’m a mom today. I’m also a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend. I can help other people and be there for others. I fall short every single day, but I don’t pick up under any and all conditions. I put the work in to be a good person, to follow a program, and to love other people no matter what. I don’t hold grudges anymore. I refuse to turn my back on anyone because I know what that feels like. I try to be the best version of me that I can be. Anyone can stay clean, you just have to be willing and put the work in. I hope whoever is reading this knows that someone loves you. Keep the faith and always remember that it’s just for today.