Zoe Freedom Center

Zoe Freedom Center

Jeannie's Path to Freedom
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Jeannie 8 Years Sober
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Shannon Michelle

Hi, I am Jeannie. If I wanted to be honest with myself, my addiction began in 1998 with cocaine. I didn't consider it an addiction because I only used on weekends. But those weekends ruined my life and cost me three years in prison. When I came home I thought I was doing amazing but I still had no tools to walk in freedom.

Beginning around 2009 I became ill with a blood disorder called PNH. I had extreme pain in my legs and became addicted to pain pills. What started off as an illness became four years of a down hill slide into hell. During that time, I stole from my family, my friends, and even my son by lying to him concerning what I needed money for. I became someone I didn't recognize, nor did my family. Nothing mattered to me except my next fix.

Finally, by the grace of God, I was arrested. I could not get clean on my own, so Jesus took the wheel. My attorney told me if I was looking to get a short sentence, he wasn't the attorney for me. He fought for me to get in a program and that probably saved my life.

I went to prison for three years and learned a lot, yet I was still scared of getting out and not know ing how to continue in sobriety. When I first came home, I had a lot of support but I knew I needed more. I started participating in a program through Virginia Cares. Then one day my mom called me and said there's going to be a thing on addiction at a local church, would you like to go. And she followed up with, "your old friend Penny Black and her husband are the sponsors of the event."

I stopped by a table at the event and there was Dana Brown and her husband, Mark, from Zoe Freedom Center. I got connected at Zoe, and I never question whether I have support in my community. There is not a moment day or night that I can't pick up the phone and call one of my girls from our group. I don't know if I would be where I am today without the support of these amazing ladies.

Dana Brown and Melissa Brown are my heroes. Just a couple months ago I had a really weird thought come into my mind during a stressful day at work. I never once questioned what to do. I picked up the phone and called Dana because I know she's always got my back. Where I was, from 2012 to 2015, was a place I never want to be again. Zoe Freedom Center is helping me find freedom from addiction.

Zoe Freedom Center Providing Freedom from Addiction

Addiction can make someone feel like their life is over. They may have experienced homelessness, trafficking, or even imprisonment,

but the truth is they're just at the beginning of a new life filled with possibilities. It's truly amazing to witness the transformation that happens when people find hope and joy in their lives.

Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers are here to help people find freedom from addiction. That's why we offer a variety of support services, including peer support. Individual counseling, therapeutic groups, and family support

to bring those hope who feel trapped in addiction. We understand that it can be overwhelming and heartbreaking to watch someone you love struggle with addiction.

At Zoe Freedom Center, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. If you or someone you know needs our help, please don't hesitate to reach out. Together we can make a difference. Thank you.

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