"I am a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I began this journey known now as Substance Use Disorder with my son (Billy) 10 years ago. At a Labor Day grill out, his girlfriend told me he was shooting heroin. I did not know where to go or what to do."
I have tried to love my son into recovery, beg him, threaten him, tough love him, and even have him arrested. Now I just accept it and love him for who he is. I support him and I will never give up on him. I have watched many of his friends pass and I do not want to be that mother who has regrets for our last conversation. I have allowed this to consume me for years, but now I am an advocate for harm reduction. I understand the importance of meeting those with substance use where they are at and not leaving them there. That compassion and education often bring change.
Steps of Change 2023
Overdose Awareness Day
Steps of Change
Newark Homeless Outreach seeks to embrace, educate and empower those whose lives have been impacted by homelessness, poverty or addiction.