|Poor crack cocaine user neglecting even her child for her addiction |
One woman admitted to being so sick she could not lift her head off the pillow for days at the crack house where she was holed up. A friend called 911 to help her. When she was released from the ER after getting help and money to buy the medicine she needed to get well, she used the money to buy more drugs. Drugs that are eating away the lining of her stomach.
She is in jail now, but she is thankful. She will tell you she is glad to be alive and realizes that without being arrested, nothing would have stopped her. Her name is Ann* and she is 38. She learned to read and write in jail. She found God in jail, She was given her first Bible in jail. She has been arrested six times, and has a sister and a brother in prison.
She is looking forward to getting out. She told me on Sunday, "I am getting too old for this. I can't keep coming back in here. " She is the mother of twin girls and one son. She knows she has let them down and chosen crack over them. They let her know she has let them down too. Admitting this, is what makes her cry.
Her story breaks my heart. Everyone has a story. The poet Longfellow wrote,
*names and details changed to protect identity
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