I’m 28 and I have 3 beautiful children who are my whole world.  I’ve been incarcerated for six months.  I had my youngest child this year while incarcerated.  I had to say good-bye to him shortly after his birth and come back to jail.  This is the first time I’ve ever done time in jail, and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.  But it’s also been the thing that saved my life.  Because of my addiction to prescription pain medicine, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and very bad choices in the last few years.  Since being in here, I’ve had a lot of time to think, grow and learn quite a bit about myself.  Upon release, I plan to continue on the path of sobriety, reunite with my family and children and become a counselor for individuals with addiction, like myself.  I know this isn’t the ending to my story, just a very difficult lesson I had to learn.  And I hope my story can be a testimony to others like me and that my struggles can even help one person overcome the disease of addiction!

“Being brave means sometimes you’re going to fail.”

Rachel

An incarcerated mother and recovering addict

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