Lorraine’s House Resident Reviews
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I arrived at The Olathe Lorraine’s House on in February of 2020. I was 23, frightened and deeply ashamed of my drug use. It started early for me. My dad made methamphetamine in our garage from the time I was young. My parents divorced when I was about 9. I tried meth for the first time at 9, with my dad. By the time I was 19 I had a serious problem with meth. I had a baby and told myself I would straighten up, but it just didn’t happen. I began dealing and soon found my daughter removed from my care. I was happy for her to be safe with her father, at that time. When I was 23, I gave my dad some meth and he died of a heart attack. My family turned against me, blaming me for his death. This really sent me into a spiral. I ended up in treatment and began the slow painful process of recovering. When I entered Lorraine’s House, I was very motivated to get my life back, get my daughter back, and restore relationships with my family. I found employment and found great empowerment from the Lorraine’s House community and being able to pay my way!
I know I would never have been ready to be out on my own, fully employed, and sober! I bought a car during my time in the house and have maintained my employment. It has almost been a year of the job! I am so proud of myself. I did the hard work, but am grateful to have, like Lucy says, “a soft landing”.
Through all this year, between the houses, we only had 3 cases of COVID-19! We are all proud of staying safe and it really helped bring home the idea of following directions. In October, I began working to have my relationship with my daughter to be restored. I began being allowed to see her and the is its went well. I know we will have to go slow, but I began planning to move out, and begin preparing to have my daughter back. That was my goal from the beginning, and now it was happening!
I arrived at Lorraine’s House right before the pandemic took hold. As we moved forward through those early days, the Director of the organization gave us detailed procedures regarding how to stay safe. We became experts at disinfecting and tried to remember to wear our masks. We had a couple of close calls with COVID-19, one resulting in a 2-week quarantine. This was hard on all of us in the house, as we lost our wages, causing us to fall behind in our weekly fees to the house. The organization, however, forgave a lot of that money owed. We lost our ability to attend treatment in person, and also AA and NA meetings in person. Zoom meetings were hard to get used to, but the rules required us to go and meeting attendance was documented.