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  December 12, 2015      
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LaQuanda Edgefield

"My Story is about Second Chances."

Recovery is not easy. But if you really want it and are willing to do the work, you can receive it. In order to want recovery, I think we must define it:

1. The return to an original state; 2. Convalescence: gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury; 3. The act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost).

When I was an active addict, I was not in my right state of mind. I would put myself in dangerous situations - I was "lost." I would make unconscious decisions in life that never benefitted me. I would find myself traveling with no destination - all this due to the cloudiness in my head. It wasn't until I became pregnant that I chose to be the original woman I was and make her even better!

I came walking through the doors of recovery sick, suffering, tired, and pregnant. It was time for me to put down the drugs, settle down and have a healthy baby. I needed long-term treatment with a lot of guidance, patience and understanding. I can definitely say "Thank You" to Odyssey House for giving me exactly that - even when I didn't want it.

Using drugs started as a social fad that ended up as a job - but when "employed" as an addict, I worked 24/7 hard labor with no benefits. I didn't get a paycheck, time off, medical coverage, or a sense of value. All I got was overtime and "sick" days - all of which I paid for, instead of getting paid. In fact, sick days were everyday until I made up my mind to get well in 2006.

Once I truly understood what regaining my life meant and realized what I was doing, I started to reap the benefits. During my treatment process, I accomplished the following: obtained my GED; completed Microsoft Office training; gained employment; acquired the knowledge I need to survive outside treatment; and experienced painful situations and feelings, and dealt with them without the use of a drink or drug. I did all these things while maintaining abstinence and being a full-time mom.

I am so grateful and thankful for recovery and residential treatment programs in which to heal. I am no longer lost. I am no longer sick. I have a clean sense of who I am and I love it. The sweetest thing about recovery is having a second chance. I'm so glad I got mine. I just pray others will give themselves a chance to get theirs.

My name is LaQuanda, and my story is about second chances. What's Your Story?


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