Susan was exposed to drugs by her high school boyfriend. When she became a single mother, she wanted to be seen as the “cool mom” so she tried different drugs. This led to trauma and damage between her and her daughter. Eventually, her daughters distanced themselves from their mother and gave her a bit of tough love. The loss of her children in her life was more painful than the absence of drugs in her life which led her to check herself into rehab. After several recovery houses, she was able to stay sober, mend her relationships, and get her life back.
“The trauma that I went through that wasn’t dealt with put such big holes of pain inside me. I couldn’t find a way to soothe those any other way.”