Lori was the last person you’d expect to find at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. She used to have a great job and a comfortable home. She had a college-age daughter she was incredibly proud of. But Lori also had a secret: While recovering from a knee injury, she’d become addicted to prescription painkillers. On the outside, she’d always been the picture of success. But on the inside –– to say that Lori was a mess doesn’t begin to describe it. Little by little, she lost everything…her job, her home, and every shred of her self-respect.
Lori finally reached the point where, she says, “I decided that it would be a good idea to drive my car into a brick wall.” She knew she needed help and her first stop was the emergency room of a local hospital. Not long after, Lori entered our 12-month residential treatment program. “I went kicking and screaming” she remembers. “I still don’t know how I got here. It’s God. I was just so against it, yet I just kept being compelled to follow through.” Lori graduated from the program in July and recently went back to school to finish her degree in psychology, and the future just keeps looking better.