Jessica’s Story

“Recovery is all about rebuilding a life, because you’re so different when you’re using. And that’s what THS did for me – helped me rebuild my life.”

Jessica’s parents are drug addicts. At a young age she was removed from their home and placed in foster care. She ran away from foster care and came to live with her grandmother in Seattle. Almost immediately after her arrival, she became addicted to heroin. She was just 17.

Over the next couple of years, Jessica continued to use drugs. At age 19, she became pregnant and came to THS’s Pregnancy & Family Program, where she attended counseling, pregnancy information and parenting classes, and was put on a methadone maintenance program. Jessica placed her son in THS’s on-site daycare so she could attend treatment.

Jessica says that “The THS programs helped me stay clean. I never really connected with the traditional 12-step program, but the THS program works for me. It’s helpful for me to talk with other moms going through the same struggles. The program gave me the support to stay clean & sober.”

Jessica has been clean and sober for 7 years, and has been off of methadone for a year and a half. Her son is now 6 and thriving, and she recently had another son who is now 5 months old. Jessica is no longer an active client here at THS, though she still comes back occasionally to talk with her counselor if she needs an opinion or advice.

During her treatment, THS counselors encouraged Jessica to go back to school. She attended Seattle Central Community College, where she maintained a 3.92 GPA and then transferred to Seattle University on a full scholarship. Jessica recently completed her B.S. in Nursing and passed her licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse. She says “I couldn’t have done any of this without the programs at THS.”

“This place is a community. It's a place to get clean, but also a community. And that's especially important for addicts, since many of us got into drugs looking for a community. There's a real sense of camaraderie and feeling understood and accepted both by other people who are also in recovery, and also by the THS staff.”