Amber Vincent | Survivor of Addiction
"I am grateful every day to be able to connect with so many people and offer hope and encouragement as they walk their own paths to finding recovery."
I first tried alcohol and marijuana when I was 13 years old. I started as a way to feel like I fit in or belonged somewhere. I associated myself with a group of kids who were all doing the same things I was doing. I started using methamphetamine at 21 years old. It did not take long for my addiction to completely spiral out of control.
I experienced many different life-altering events while I was young. I grew up in a single parent home, I was sexually assaulted at 14 and I became a teen mom shortly after my 16th birthday. I was in an abusive and chaotic relationship with my children’s father, who was struggling with addiction and in and out of prisons and jails, leaving me as a single mother of four children at the age of 23.
During my addiction I lost custody of my children in a CHIPS case. I was charged with a first degree drug sales charge and spent two years in prison and went through the challenge incarceration program. I was sent to numerous treatment centers, but even when I tried to stay sober I relapsed several times. I let down my family and most of them started to lose hope in me.
Most of all, I completely lost myself. I felt so lost and alone, confused and isolated. I finally got to a place of such brokenness and desperate need of relief that I was open to a different way.
I finally decided to take an honest look at my past and to work through my own guilt and shame. I reconnected with my faith and developed an open mind to let it all go and finally move forward from my mistakes. My hardest hurdle was getting over the shame that came with being a mother with an addiction.
Since being in recovery I have regained custody of my children, I have mended my relationship with my husband, I have enrolled back into college to finish my degree, I am successfully completing my parole, I have rebuilt the relationships with my family members and most importantly I have reclaimed my sanity.
I have been doing peer coaching at Face It TOGETHER since February. It has been such an amazing opportunity. I am grateful every day to be able to connect with so many people and offer hope and encouragement as they walk their own paths to finding recovery.