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A better life in Columbus   1 comment

When I first came to Ohio after getting treated for drug treatment in a mental hospital, I was barely able to make decisions for myself.  All I could do was to keep a schedule, go to my appointments and meetings, and study about my drug problems.  Later, I started being able to think about managing my money and make plans for my future.  I did some research about places to live.   Cincinnati had outpatient drug treatment programs and some jobs.  However, I wanted to get a state job.  Therefore, more state jobs were available in Columbus, a state capital.  Therefore, I moved there.

Recovery was very difficult in the beginning of my stay in Columbus.  I got involved with some men who were more interested in controlling my life than in working on their own recovery.   One day, I got a black eye because my ex-boyfriend hit me when we were in bed.  I went to counseling that day, and my counselor helped me get out of that relationship.

I went to counseling for domestic violence, and I met my future husband, who was high-risk for domestic violence based on his background.  I was a little scared to get involved with him.  However, he got counseling to overcome its effects and read the Bible regularly.  I also was studying the Bible, and was working with a mentor who helped me to understand God’s plan for my life.  In the past, I relied on men to guide my life.  I learned how to let God control my life.  As a Christian, I am able to use the Bible and the Holy Spirit to guide me through difficult situations and to find ways to improve my life.

Three years after moving to Columbus, I got a full-time job with a government agency.  I worked hard to reach that goal.  I had part-time jobs while looking for a State job, and I filled out many applications and went to many interviews before I finally got that job.  A few months after getting that job, I married the man who helped me learn about spiritual guidance.   I have worked for the State for 14 years, and am still married to the same man.  I like my job, and my husband and I continue to love each other and support each other.  I do not want to go back to using drugs.  I know I have a good future ahead of me.