I Conquered Meth Addiction And Regained Custody Of My Kids

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“They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but after hearing my story, you will only see one—redemption.

This was the first time I saw my son and the first time I knew that I needed to change.

I was twenty-five, divorced, and living in a cycle of brokenness and addiction. I started having children ten years earlier; there were three others and I did not have custody of any of them. My boyfriend wanted me to have an abortion, but when I chose life, he chose to leave.

As soon as Isiah was born, I was aware he would be removed from me and even though I was heartbroken about how much I had let my child down, I was relieved he made it out alive.

I had used meth right before I went into labor, no prenatal care, and lots of birthing complications. I was in bad shape and to say I had hit rock bottom would be an understatement.

But my story didn’t end like that; it was actually just starting.

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That was the last day I chose drugs. I went to rehab and accepted religion into my life. I made every parent visit, did every class, and passed every drug test. I worked my butt off to reunify just eight months later.

Today my marriage has been restored, I am in the process of getting my GED, and healing from many years of unprocessed trauma. It’s now been twenty-two months and all four of my kids are back together, with me, in my care.

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Courtesy of @reallifefostermom

I’m thankful for the foster mom who felt my brokenness and gave me the support and love that I didn’t feel worthy of. She saw my hurting heart and when all the odds were stacked against me—she never gave up on me, she fought alongside for my redemption.”

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