My life had been spiralling out of control for almost a year and now, at this moment, everything came crashing down. All I could think was “Mindy, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”
Mindy, Getting Ahead Program Client
As I sat in my car looking at the red and blue lights in my rear view mirror waiting for the officer to approach my window, I knew that my secret was going to be exposed. I thought about all the people in my life that would be hurt and disappointed by the news. Crack became the only thing I cared about. My two boys, family, my college education, and financial responsibilities were no longer a priority. I was [arrested and] charged with possession of cocaine. While I was awaiting my sentencing, I was in shock that I had gotten to the point that I was facing a felony charge. I mean, ME, a young woman who was raised in a small county school in a middle class family, now with two kids, a job, and a place to myself. It allowed me to take a hard look at my life and exactly what I was doing not only to myself but to everyone around me. Something had to change.
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