Story of Hope: Tammy

Tammy's Story of Hope

Addiction is what got me where I am today. 

I am addicted to alcohol and have been for the last five years.  I have been through a lot to end up here, but I like to think of it as not the end, but rather just the beginning.

Let me tell you how I got here.

I was born and raised in Reno.  My mom raised me on her own and I grew up believing every other kid had a mommy that drinks beer all the time.  When I was 12 years old, I decided to try alcohol and I was addicted by the time I was 15 years old.  I dropped out of high school and became a prostitute by the age of 17.

Addiction had complete control of my life and I felt hopeless.

I was missing out on high school — the prom, football games and graduation.  I was living life in the fast lane, driving on the wrong side of the road with no hands on the wheel.

My life was out of control.

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I decided to turn my life around.  I stopped drinking and prostituting.  I had my daughter when I was 19, but six months after I had her, I started drinking again.  Within four months, I lost my job, apartment and my daughter and I had to stay in a homeless shelter.  Shortly thereafter, I was arrested for prostitution and I lost my daughter to Child Protective Services because of my addiction.

At that point, I realized I needed to change and that I needed help to do so.  I heard about STEP2 and that they offered treatment for women and a chance to get my daughter back. 

I have never had so much support in my life.  I have learned the tools to help me in my recovery, I have reached my goal of staying sober and I have reunified with my daughter.

I could never thank STEP2 enough for the life they have given me. 

They have shown me that I am worth it and to work hard so that my daughter doesn’t have to live with an alcoholic mother like I did.

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