My son was taken from me, ripped from my hands and rightly so, I was using meth. We were homeless and hopping from one dingy motel room to another just trying to survive one more day.
I felt like a failure. I had tried to stop using on my own and could not figure out why my willpower had failed me so miserably. In court, I asked and practically begged for inpatient treatment and that's how I found Arapahoe House's New Directions for Families.
I take this program and my second shot at life very seriously.
At 201 days of sobriety it feels like anything is possible. I know I can do great things. I'm motivated, dedicated and open. My heart and mind are healing and I'm learning to be a parent for the first time.
I know I did this to myself and I take responsibility. I also know that I have an addiction that I will have to manage for the rest of my life.
It fills me up to see my son happy, to see him safe. I'm growing just as much as he is. He shows me affection, he trusts me and he knows I'm coming back each and every day. It has become empowering to get through tough times and I'm so thankful I'm at New Directions for Families.
Colorado ranks 5th in the nation in the number of individuals wanting and needing treatment but unable to access it. This holiday season every dollar raised will be matched by a generous grant from The Anschutz Foundation. Click here and help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 for families like Sarah and her son.
Arapahoe House's New Directions for Families program is one of the only treatment centers for mothers and their children in Colorado. This transformational program pairs life-changing addiction treatment and mental health services with parenting classes, employment and housing services, primary health care, and has a licensed children care learning center on site.
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