I know after trying to help my child, recovery will never come until the addict is ready to do whatever is necessary to get better, on their own.
I know the pain as a mother to have to completely refuse my child money or a place to live because I will be dammed if I am going to make her comfortable while she throws her life away and kills herself.
I know the anger I felt with others who enabled my child making it easier for her to continue to use.
I know the pain of getting a call late at night from my child begging me to come get her, hundreds of miles away.
I know the pain of having to say no because I tried for the last time to “help” get her into treatment and knew this time she had to figure it out on her own.
I know the pain a mother feels knowing her child does not have a phone, a dollar to her name, or a place to sleep.
I also know the joy of getting a call from someone in charge of treatment telling me they've taken in my child after finding her on their doorstep with nothing but the clothes on her back.
I know that despite my imperfections as a parent, I did not put the drugs in my child’s hand and I have no ability to stop her from putting them into her body.
I know my power is over me, and through my pain I have found my strength and made it my mission to ensure that when an addict is ready to recover and has nothing left, there are places ready and able to start the process of restoring the addict, mine and your loved one, to health.
I created the Tattoo Recovery Mailer to help fund the start up of two recovery centers in my community, one for men and one for women. The proceeds equal $10.00 per case/1000 10x13 poly mailers, $8.00 per Case/500 14x17 poly mailers, and $5 per case/1000 6x9 poly mailers and go directly to Recovery Road Ministries. More importantly, my goal is to raise awareness of how we as individuals and communities can come together to address the need for free, long term recovery. Insurance is not the solution. Rehab fees are insane. Charity based long term recovery is affordable and accessible to all. To donate, please go to http://recoveryroadministries.org/donate/ or your local charity based long-term recovery