Hi, my name is Sarah M and I was addicted to heroin for nearly a decade. I tried everything to stay clean, yet nothing ever seemed to last. I went to countless treatment centers, and did many stays in jail as well. It wasn't until I came to Meridian that I was able to turn my life around. Now I have my own apartment, my own car, and I can truly say I love the person I am today. I just had a little girl, and I want nothing more than for her to be proud of her mommy.
Meridian Health Services (MHS) has been good to me in so many ways. For many years' alcohol ruled my life, but specifically in 2018 my life spiraled out of control. I went from job-to-job and stayed just long enough to be able to afford my next drink. I was literally living to drink. It got to the point that I would spend my last dollar on alcohol. I would not buy food, just so I could ensure I had enough money to buy my next drink. I would go days without eating. It got to the point where not a single person wanted to be around me. I was living in motels and sometimes on the streets. I would sleep anywhere I could lay my head. I would cause fights and treat my family and girlfriend horribly. My family became so disturbed by my behavior, they had an intervention with me. They begged and pleaded for me to get help with my addiction to alcohol. I immediately started crying and realized that I had a problem. The next day my cousin brought me to MHS. When I arrived I was scared and nervous, but ready to make a change for the better in my life. The staff at MHS were great in the way they welcomed me. The first couple of days in treatment were very rough for me. I doubted if I was going to be able to make it through the program. The staff made me realize that I needed to stay. I spent seventeen (17) days where I went to counseling, lectures and classes to help me deal with my addiction. Every day I felt better physically, mentally and emotionally. The day I successfully completed the program and walked out the doors, I knew I needed to do better in life. The staff at MHS had given me the tools I needed to become a successful member of society. Two (2) years later, I now work at MHS. It is my goal to give back and to pay it forward in helping others become free of their addiction. Soon, I will become a peer recovery coach. I dedicated my sobriety to my late nephew (Curtis) and my entire family who has been by my side this whole time, including my loving girlfriend (Kelly). Since I have been sober, my life has completely changed for the better. I have a stable place to live, bought a car, and started saving money for my future. I have also found stable employment with MHS, a place I am able to help others succeed with their addiction battle(s). All of these things would not have been possible without me being dedicated to my sobriety and without the help of the MHS staff and program and for that I am truly grateful.