Christine began drinking at age 14 due to peer pressure. She started using marijuana at age 16 and cocaine, pills and heroin at age 17. Still, she was able to graduate from high school. After graduation she moved out of the suburbs and her drug use escalated. She lived on her own or with a boyfriend. She was working, but the physical addiction took hold.
She was incarcerated for possession of drugs, burglary and bail jumping, all of which stemmed from drug use. She found out that she was pregnant while she was incarcerated and came to Meta House.
Christine says, “Services have been exceptional. It works-opening up and being honest because they don’t judge you. The strength based is very true.”
“They teach everyday stuff, coping skills, even parenting, which for a lot of people is a priority.”
Christine gave birth to a healthy baby. Having a baby at Meta “was pretty good actually, I had help anytime I had a question, I had seven people that could answer it, people who were willing to help me be the best mom I could be.”
Christine has been very successful at Meta House. She has been involved with Drug Court for one year and has followed conditions set by the court. Her charges will soon be dismissed.
She recently started school. She and her baby live in Meta House transitional housing and she is saving for an apartment, so that they can move out once she finishes school. “Living in transitional housing is giving me the opportunity to get a degree.”
During her time at Meta House she’s made lifelong friends and learned “valuable lessons that can’t be taught, especially at residential. “
“Meta House is great! I don’t think there’s anything out there that is as comprehensive as this.”