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Juanita Celebrates 30 Years of Clean Time

If you met Juanita today you would find it hard to believe that 30 years ago, she was frail, homeless, and losing her battle with addiction. Juanita found the strength to overcome her addiction while living at House of Hope and since graduating from the program in 1991, she continues to give back by sponsoring […]

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Women in Recovery – My Mother’s Story

Tatiana and her mother, Maribel, got together for lunch last Saturday, as they have most weekends since June, when Maribel began her recovery journey at St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. “We get together and try to reconnect,” says Tatiana. “After so many years, we had disconnected. My mom’s been an addict my whole […]

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Women in Recovery – Angela’s Story

Angela saw a doctor for the first time in 20 years. Throughout the years, as my addiction got worse, my two daughters noticed a change in me, and eventually I became an embarrassment and a disappointment to them. Because of my addiction, I stopped participating in the PTA and attending school events.  My relationship with […]

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Women in Recovery – Amanda’s Story

Amanda’s addiction began shortly after her son’s birth by C-section. Braiden’s father, who had an addiction to painkillers, took the medication that had been prescribed for Amanda and offered her heroin as a substitute. It didn’t take long for Amanda to get hooked. “You try it once, you like it a lot so you want […]

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Women in Recovery – Lyntoi’s Story

  Lyntoi has a lot to celebrate: 16 months of sobriety, and a new full-time job. Lyntoi, 57, has worked hard to get where she is today. A native Chicagoan, she grew up in a close-knit, loving family on the West Side. Her father was a pastor and a singer and her mother stayed at home […]

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Farewell to Regina

Regina came to St. Martin de Porres House of Hope in 2003 as resident to recover from addiction.  After completing our program in 22 months, she joined the CARA Program for job training. “After finishing the CARA Program in 2005, Sister Therese was in need of a Cook and offered me the position,” Regina told us. […]

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My Third Step

  The third step is part of the 12-step program I went through to recover from my addiction to substance abuse. Although all of the steps are vital to recovery, it was my decision in the third step that allowed me to successfully end my long-term battle with addiction. In the third step, I turned […]

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