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Woman committed to parenting has rediscovered joy

Raised in a family of drug and alcohol abusers, this 25-year-old woman lacked a single positive role model for becoming a healthy adult.

Now mother to a 15-month-old son, the woman is clean, sober and committed to being a better parent than those she had. Toys, shoes and clothes for her child in size 18-24 months would strengthen her resolve.

Accepted into OnTrack’s HOME Program upon her son’s birth, the mother spent the first eight months of his life in residential treatment. Free from substance abuse for more than a year, she resides with her boy in an apartment owned by OnTrack. Basic kitchenware would improve their living environment.

The “toxic environment” of the woman’s extended family has been generations in the making, says Eddie Wallace, OnTrack communications director. The woman’s older brother acquainted her with marijuana when she was a young teen. She developed addictions to cocaine and the opioid Percocet, which cost $500 per day, says Wallace. An uncle introduced her to methamphetamine, an addiction that persisted until shortly before her son’s 2019 birth.

Treatment taught the woman to establish firm boundaries with her relatives. Her father’s death from alcoholism contributed to emotional crises while she was in the throes of drug abuse. Since her son’s birth, however, the woman is filled with love for him and has rediscovered the joy in life. She hopes to become an addictions counselor and soon will complete her high school equivalency.

This mother would greatly appreciate gift cards for Target or Walmart to purchase necessities. To help, call Wallace at 541-200-2402.

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