We all need a little support sometimes…
I believe everyone can be successful if they’re given a chance. When addiction is involved that can mean the support to just stay alive long enough to do something differently.
I started experimenting with alcohol and drugs young. I had anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder, but I felt normal when I would use. It was my escape. By 15, I’d started using heroin and was kicked out of school. Things continued to get worse for me.
At 16, I was arrested for shooting up in a mall bathroom. My family was relieved: they hadn’t known if I was dead or alive. Looking back, I’m amazed I’m still here. Without the help of people like you, I might not have survived.
I heard about Outside In’s needle exchange, and I connected with the agency. I got into an apartment in the housing program. Every step of the way, I didn’t feel judged or pressured to get sober, a decision the staff understand you have to make for yourself. I felt seen and accepted. The independence gave me the opportunity to consider how the path I was on wasn’t working for me. It’s what I needed.
I got healthier. I found a doctor I really liked in their clinic and loved the homemade vegan meals they serve in their cafe. Outside In is like a big family. The staff helped me get jobs and apply for financial aid. They wrote letters of recommendation. They helped me pay for books and get a laptop. With them in my corner I enrolled at PCC, and I’ve gotten straight A’s since I started!
I’m committed to recovery. I’m working to understand my trauma and I’m taking drug and alcohol classes. It’s all just been going so well. I have a two-year-old daughter, Nova — she’s wonderful! I’m creating a life that I hope will inspire her. My goal is to be a Qualified Mental Health Associate. I’ve had some great counselors guide me and I want to help other people the way I’ve been helped.
I’m grateful to you for making all of this possible. We all need a little support sometimes. When you give to Outside In, you help people like me know we are not alone. Thank you for giving others the chance to be successful.