Uncovering the reasons behind substance use often begins with a deeper understanding of one’s mental health. At 41 years old, Vicky now sees her addiction as an electrical problem, a hidden complication in the wiring of her brain.
Vicky struggled with borderline personality disorder for as long as she can remember. Despite her condition, she tried to create the life she wanted. After graduating, she pursued a career in politics—eventually working for the Liberal party. Plus, she’s a mom with two wonderful kids.
And yet, Vicky’s disorder lurked behind the scenes. The only way she knew how to cope was through alcohol and drugs, but that led her down a difficult path.
Within a few years, she was in deep—caught in a downward spiral of drugs, prostitution, and dangerous living situations. She was robbed, taken advantage of and abused. Eventually, she ended up on the streets.
Like so many people, Vicky had to reach rock bottom before change came…
And that pivotal moment arrived the day she survived an almost fatal overdose.
When she was released from the hospital, she was referred to our Cœur à sœur program.
The program provided a transitional studio apartment and helped her address her mental health problems and dependence issues—hand-in-hand! A caseworker worked closely with her to ensure she attended appointments and weekly workshops that helped her look for work and apply for benefits.
But the secret to Vicky’s success? This time, she was all in. “I gave myself the task of working on myself 40 hours per week, the same as you would with a job,” she said.
Today, things are falling into place. Not only has she been sober for 2 years, her children are living with her and she’s genuinely happy. She found an apartment right down the street from the Mission and she has subsidized day care for her youngest son, which has made balancing life and work much easier.
Vicky can’t wait to keep moving forward and encourages other women in similar situations to seek help and start working on themselves. Donors like you helped her get her life back on track and were the helping hand of love she needed in her darkest time. And we couldn’t be more grateful to you.
Thank you for supporting women like Vicky—your generosity truly changes lives!