I am a person in long term recovery for the past 10 years, and I have struggled with opioid addiction for over 20 years. During my struggles, I lost parental rights of my children, lived on the streets of Memphis for a few years and found myself in and out of jail. I became a Tennessee Recovery Navigator in 2018 which has been so heart-warming watching so many regain their lives. I make it my mission to meet individuals where they are, often times after an overdose. I guide them to a treatment team whether it’s a residential or intensive outpatient service. During and after the completion, I make myself available to them for support any time of day or night because I remember when my disease didn’t just happen between regular office hours. I remember when I was in my active addiction and would want to make those very phone calls but no one was there for me. I never want the people in our facilities to think no one cares. They need to see what another chance can look like. I was given another chance, and I firmly believe they can have the same. I love who I am becoming! This truly is my life’s journey!
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