Kimberly’s story might be difficult to read, with chapters of her life that are overwhelming and heartbreaking. But we promise it will leave you with hope – for Kimberly and others who have had similar journeys.
We sat down with Kimberly a few days shy of her graduation from Women’s Hope, our recovery program for women with substance use disorder and moderate to severe mental health issues. If you spoke to Kimberly one year ago, she never would have thought she’d be sober now, let alone alive, to tell her story.
She first came to Women’s Hope in January 2022 after two months in a hospital mental health unit. “I was so fed up with my life, with using drugs, drinking, being homeless, and having nothing,” she recalls. “I took 180 pills. Then I woke up in a hospital bed on a breathing tube with my dad praying by my side.”
Kimberly spent most of her life surrounded by substance use; whether it was her neighbors, friends, or even her siblings, it was all she knew. Kimberly explains, “I thought it was normal. That’s what I have always seen, so I thought, you know, this is just what life is.” When she tried cocaine for the first time at 15 years old, she had no idea this would send her on what she calls “a terrible, destructive whirlwind.”
“I was doing a lot of very bad things, dangerous things. Ever since then, I’ve been in and out of rehab. But this time is different. This time has been a real eye-opener,” says Kimberly. But she didn’t feel this way when she first came to the program. Just like her other experiences seeking sobriety, Kimberly was reluctant to receive help. “I didn’t want to accept any answer but mine. Everything was me, me, me,” she told us. “But one day, I woke up and I said to myself, you know, you, you, you isn’t working. It hasn’t worked and it’s never going to work. It wasn’t until then that I completely surrendered myself.”