We very thankful for Abbie today! Allow for her experience, strength and hope to bring a good positive feeling into your life. 

With this feeling, please find it in you heart to show her some love, support and encouragement as she continues to work hard on her recovery. 

Q. Can you briefly tell us about yourself?

My name is Abbie. I'm 28 from Pottsville. Was born and raised in Port Carbon until I was about 12. Moved to pottsville, lived here since. I have a 5 year old son. Also another boy on the way, due valentines day 2016. I love with my supporting loving mother until I am able to get back on my own feet.

Q. What was your drug of choice? 
Heroin and crack.

Q. What is your sobriety date? 
March 19, 2015

Q. Looking back, was there a turning point during your active addiction?

A huge turning point for me while I was still using was the day I was arrested and facing 10 to 20 yrs in state prison. At that point I was 82 pounds. Lost all the trust of family and most importantly would have lost my son if family didn't step in and raise him.

Q. What is a slogan that best expresses your current point of view on recovery?

"Just for today". I need to take my recovery one day at a time. Not worry about tomorrow because it is not here yet. As long as I stay clean today, then I'll be able to wake up in the morning sober and start another day in recovery.

Q. What are some daily practices and key aspects in your life that assist you in your recovery?

I attend 7 meetings a week. I am in intensive outpatient 9 hours a week. The biggest thing for me is speaking with other recovering addicts daily.

Q. As a person in recovery, do you have any advice you could offer to someone looking to get clean?

Get to a meeting. They are everyday. Speak to someone. They will show you in the right direction. When you feel yourself falling, remember the reason you wanted to get clean and strive for that reason!!!!!

Q. Addiction is affecting hundreds in Schuylkill County and abroad. It's very saddening. Any advice to people trying to help their loved ones to seek help?

Understanding addiction is key. Until my mom actually gained insight into this disease all she could do was hate. Once she understood then she was able to accept and help me get through this struggle.

Q. Why are projects like " the skook recovers" important in this day and age?

To shed awareness of our disease. Not only to the addict who still suffers but also for us in recovery and for family. The new overdoses that are happening lately are not understood. I feel that together people can understand this better and support one another.

Q. Could you tell is about the good things that your new life in recovery has brought to you and/or improved, including what you are grateful for?

Today I can wake up every day not sick with a smile on my face. I have a trusting relationship with my family. My child no longer has to worry when mommy will be home. Because he knows I will be there. I am able to hold down a job. I will not have to put my unborn child through the struggles my 5 yr old suffered. I can finally say I am a good mother. I am beyond grateful for the fellowship of people who understand my disease. The people in the rooms who I can call my true friends. Also for second, third and fourth chances!!!
And the fact that I am alive!!!!

Q. Anything else you would like to add and/or people you would like to thank?

Recovery is a new chance at a wonderful life. None of this would be possible without my recovery friends, the rooms, family, and my probation officer. All who have seen something in me I never thought was possible. I love you all and am so grateful!!! Stick with this no matter what there is an amazing life beyond your dreams waiting for you!!!! God bless