Overcoming Trauma and Finding Strength to Fight
Meet Trina Fleming. In this recovery story, our bloomer found herself addicted to cocaine and losing custody of her children. Her path to healing began when she’d had enough and wanted to be a mother to her children.
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Getting Over Relapse And Getting Back To Recovery
Growing up in a household with both parents, four siblings, and being the youngest, I experienced the overwhelming feelings of being the black sheep and never being good enough. It was the very beginning of self-destruction and my introduction to the fast life and the streets where many others and I were more alike than different. My journey and substance abuse begin at the early age of 12. I encountered many tragedies and I also enjoyed life and making fast money by any means necessary. I was truly grateful that the state of New York where I live has a great support system and many detox and inpatient treatments but unfortunately, I wasn’t ready to quit. I attended more than eight treatment facilities over the course of 20 years of smoking crack cocaine. I came to the point in my life where I was tired of being tired of being tired of being tired. My mother passed away, I was expecting my 8th child, and was not going to allow the system, CPS, to take my child like they have done with all my other children.
I wish people knew that being a Black woman by itself is very hard and to be a Black woman with a substance abuse habit is extremely hard. Click To Tweet
Commitment to Recovery for My Children
I fought as hard as I could to show the family court system and everyone else who had doubted me that I was going to become that mother I once was to my children. After proving myself and sometimes staying clean while living in a woman’s facility in New York state and getting full custody of my baby girl and my other children I realized, under no circumstances, do I have to find an excuse to use any controlled substance ever again.
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