Overcoming a Lifetime of Abuse

Charity has been a victim of physical and drug abuse her entire life. She had marijuana smoke blown in her face when she was a toddler, and she was given drinks of alcohol as early as age 3. When Charity was 11, she was placed in a group home. But Charity’s experiences with abuse didn’t end there.

At 18, Charity began shooting up cocaine. Meth came next, as did a house fire that killed a friend’s son and injured Charity and two of her children. Charity lost custody of her children for a while, got clean for a while but eventually turned back to drugs. Over the last few years, Charity overdosed three times and landed two felony drug charges. The latest charge led Charity to Heartland Center for treatment.

It’s here, at Heartland Center, that Charity has finally found a second chance – at staying clean and being the mother she’d like to be.

“Heartland Center is the best thing that’s happened to me,” says Charity. “It’s like one big therapy session. My counselor is down to earth and compassionate. She keeps it real with me.”

In addition to helping Charity fight her addiction, her counselor is also working with her to find a job and start college courses.

“I’m trying to do what I can to have a normal family,” she says. “I just want to be a mom.”