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*Sasha's Story

*Sasha's Story

I was raised with a mum and dad that loved me, but my dad died when I was only 11 years old  and I miss him to this day. Mum did the best she could but  I struggled with anxiety and depression.

After the birth of one of my children I had post-natal depression I started drinking as a way to cope with my pain and the demands of life. Things got so bad that my children were taken into the care of the state, my world completely shattered.  I was hospitalised and had no where to go.

I ran into a Pastor who suggested I call Teen Challenge and that is what I did.  I was loved back to life at Teen Challenge, and I was able to overcome the trauma that had led me to drinking in the first place.

I had a lot of healing I needed to. But I was committed to my family and ending the  destructive cycle, of abusing alcohol.  I wanted to end this very long season of drinking and addiction and because of Teen Challenge, I could.

I now have my children back in my care, I am working   and have learnt to prioritize self-care and keeping sober over escaping through drinking.

My girls can count on me now. I can trust myself and others can trust me to. Life still presents challenges, but I have a support network in place.  I am staying sober, for myself and for my family.

None of this would be possible without the support of people like you.

*Name and image changed to protect privacy

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