I Want to be a Better Person
Hi, I'm Mary Ellen. The urge to use drugs isn't there today. By keeping my recovery first and foremost, I get stronger every day. As long as I can be honest, I can get things done. When I met the "love of my life" at 23, I didn't know he was such a heavy drug user. I had used some drugs recreationally, but never crack cocaine. Life got bad quickly. We had two daughters, but this guy was verbally and physically abusive, and I didn't think I could do any better.
For years I tried to hold it together. Then my father and grandmother died, and it was downhill from there. I kept using drugs, got arrested, and my mother took my kids away. After going to prison this last time, I took a good look at myself and thought "Enough is enough! The drug use is tearing me apart." People were talking about the Boston Rescue Mission, and I knew I needed to give it a shot.
It saved my life coming here, and a lot of other people's too. They work very hard to help us make amends with families. I want to be a better person to my children--to be there for some of the best years of their lives. And to be welcome in my family's house again. It's a long road, but I'm ready for it.
- Mary Ellen
- Joe D.