Hello, my name is Sarah DeMott, I’m 30 years old and have two beautiful children. A daughter who is five years old and a son who is 18 months old. I have spent the past ten years of my life in and out of addiction treatment centers. Even the birth of my two children did not change the way I felt about myself. I thought I could find my identity in being a mother to my children, but before long I lost hope that I could even do that successfully. So, I turned back to drugs. I believed they would help me be a more fun and productive mother to my children.
When my precious daughter was taken from me and placed in the care of my parents, my entire world began to crumble. Then after giving birth to my son, within 6 months time, we were evicted from our apartment. I was living in a hotel. I lost all of my belongings. My heart broke. At this point, I knew I needed to change everything.
I had never taken a faith-based approach towards my struggles with addiction. I decided to enter Teen Challenge Cincinnati. In the program, I found out who I truly am as a woman and mother to my children. I especially liked the part of the program that taught me about parenting. Studying parenting books, writing about it and discussing it with staff helped prepare me for real-world practice. I put what I was learning into practice when I had my visits and passes with my children. It helped the transition back to having custody of my children for them and me. I even earned a Parenting Class Certificate through Tried & True, sponsored by Northstar Community Church in Loveland. I no longer have to believe I am incapable of raising my two children.
Experiencing life at the Teen Challenge Cincinnati Women’s Home (Pink House) has also taught me a lot about getting along with others and working as a team. Living side by side with others who are also changing and growing caused me to change how I interact with people. The interpersonal skills that I gained living in the Pink House directly correlated with my job as Certified Cosmetologist in a salon. I have learned how to be on a team with others even if I do not always agree with everyone.
Now, I am working, taking care of my children and am involved in my church. The relationship with my parents is mended, and they are supportive. I continue to work towards restoring relationships with all of my family. We even have weekly “Family Meetings” to continue to work on our communication and strengthen our relationships. What once seemed impossible is now a reality.At the Women’s Home, spending time in the Word and daily discipleship with staff, I learned I am worthy of love and capable of giving it to my children and family. I no longer have to believe that I will be an addict all of my life, or that I am unlovable. I believe God’s truth. All the lies I used to think about myself slipped away. Through the work I’ve done at Teen Challenge, I know my worth.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17