Do you ever look at old photos of yourself and not recognize the person in the picture?
The girl on the left was so lost and #emotionally
withdrawn that to “have fun” alcohol had to be involved... and lots of it. This comes as no surprise considering she started drinking around the age of 13.
This was also shortly after being released from a juvenile detention center (onto juvenile probation) into the custody of her biological mother to live in a town with absolutely nothing to do for meddlesome teenage minds.
She dropped out of high school at 16 receiving her GED three weeks later (thank God.) She was pregnant at 17 and delivered her lifesaver at 18.
That girl is me and I truly believe that my oldest daughter saved my life. I was on a downward spiral (would do anything for “fun”) and she is the reason I got out.
Don’t get me wrong, I was still a baby raising a baby and made a lot of stupid #mistakes
. However, I have learned from them and grown tremendously.
This is just a mere glimpse of my story.
I speak out to #CureStigma
I speak out to let individuals know that #YouAreNotAlone
I speak out in hopes of reaching at least one young lady who is lost like I was and help show her that there is another way!
Whatever you have been through or whatever you are going through DOES NOT DEFINE YOU.
Take your past mistakes and use them to make a better you.
Use them to help others.
Use them to refine you.
Improve yourself by making small, more accurate changes over time.
I found that when I was happy with myself, I no longer needed alcohol to have a good time or to deal with life’s stresses. #PartySober
#Support #ShatterStigma #WhatsYourStory #SelfCare #ReduceTheStigma #SpeakOut #MentalHealth #JuvenileProbation #YouMatter #JuvenileDetention #Overcomer #MentalHealthAwareness #Anxiety #PTSD #Depression #AttentionDeficitDisorder #SeasonalAffectiveDisorder #YANAStrong #Recovery #Addiction #DualDiagnosis