Ms. H.'s Story
Ms. H is a 35-year-old Hispanic mother of 3 children ages 18, 13, and 2. She was referred to our program by Criminal Court as an alternative to incarceration for Burglary. Ms. H. was addicted to crack/cocaine and was an intravenous heroin user. She also abused marijuana and alcohol. She had 5 previous failed treatment attempts.
Ms. H. had an 8 year mental health history, diagnosed with bi-polar. She was also asthmatic. Her children have been in the care of family members since birth. Ms. H. has an open Family Court case and she was being monitored by A.C.S for possible reunification. During her treatment stay, Ms. H. maintained sobriety. However, she struggled with her ability to trust. She initially struggled with the idea of a drug free lifestyle.
She struggled with the shame and guilt of having neglected her children. As a result of their strained relationship the children were experiencing some behavioral problems and their grades were affected. Family Services provided both Ms.H. and her family with necessary skills and resources to address the parental concerns, behavioral problems and increase the chances of reunification. Gradually she began to trust and started to work closely with her counselor and the staff at Greenhope.
Ms. H. successfully completed the residential component and enrolled in the Aftercare Program. She established a sober support network and began to attend N.A meetings regularly. Currently, she is employed full time at Universal Survey as a Customer Services Representative. Ms. H works effortlessly with the Family Services component to build a healthy relationship with her children. Ms. H. re-established ties with the children and became involved in their educational process. When Ms. H. completed Greenhope she moved in with her family to adjust to her returning children. More recently Ms. H. has obtained housing and has reunited with her children in her own apartment.