Teresa's Story

I was in full blown addiction. alcoholic and a drug addict. I ended up catching my boyfriend’s house on fire. there was physical violence. I was looking at 3 years in prison. I did a year in jail and then came to the program. I’m thankful.

I’m learning about myself, about how to deal with everyday stress. understanding where my anger issues come from. learning how to respond differently.

My rock bottom moment was when they came to arrest me. I actually don’t remember it happening. I blacked out. It was a few months after, that they came to arrest me, in my head I was in denial about doing something like that in the first place. I was living with my daughter at the time and I was watching my granddaughter when they came to arrest me. It was an awful, terrible, embarrassing moment. And it terrified her.

I didn’t know what to expect. They originally said they were going to give me 7 years in prison. I’m getting up there in age, and I just couldn’t believe that this was happening to me at this point in my life.

My relationship with my daughter and granddaughter is great. She was just 2 at the time, I didn’t think she would remember me. But she runs up to me now and says “Grandma, I miss you so much”.

The women are really supportive. I was hesitant at first living with a bunch of women because the jail experience was terrible. But I’m thankful to be here.