“My drugs of choice were Xanax at age 19 and Lortab at age 28. I drank, smoked pot and did cocaine from age 12 to around 19 (experimenting.) At age 19, I had gotten married, had a new job with lots of responsibility and my Daddy got arrested for trafficking cocaine. I was very overwhelmed and I went to the doctor and was prescribed Xanax.
Drugs negatively affected by life – I was selfish, not caring about much other than having my pills, arrests and in the end, I was homeless and hopeless.
The addiction affected my family – it caused discord, hurt and anger. My sister threw me out of her home on my 39th birthday.
I sought out-patient treatment in 2001and in-patient treatment in 2008. (28 days) When I entered The Lovelady Center, I wasn’t looking for anything other than a roof over my head, but God had a plan. That was 4 ½ years ago! I found hope at The Lovelady Center.
In my recovery now, I put God first and in the middle of all of my life. All areas of my life. Putting God first and foremost helps me stay sober on a daily basis. He is the only way to truly be free. I work at The Lovelady Center which I believe that giving back is a huge part of being able to maintain recovery.
If I could encourage someone actively using substances today, I would tell them that you can be free and that addiction doesn’t have to define your future. God has a plan for everyone. You do not have to depend on a substance forever.”
Wendy received help at the Lovelady Center in Alabama. Find more about this program on our Resource Directory.