520 Guilford Avenue
Greensboro, N.C. 27401
“I first started using when I was 12 years old. After that I started drinking and smoking weed. Did I think I was an addict? No, I was just a party girl having fun. I wasn’t addicted but I could stop at any time. It’s when I became pregnant that I made the decision to stop. However, I couldn’t wait until the 9 months was up (lol) so I could start back partying. So, for sure I felt I had control. I then started to use other drugs alone with the ones I was already using. Almost every day I was high and most of the time I used alone. Yet still I didn’t feel I had a problem. (smh) I was not an addict; at least that is what I thought until I reached a point where I couldn’t function without the drugs daily. On the days I didn’t have money, I would go see the candy man, give him some goodies, and get whatever it was I needed. I had a problem and I needed help. I was all over the place doing things that I knew weren’t right until I realize I was an addict.
I am grateful for a place where I can recover with my kid. I was homeless with a 3 year old little girl and we had nowhere to go. So I thank God for Mary’s House even though they tell us what to do; I still feel in control. Most of all I’m grateful because we are safe. I trust the treatment staff here. I want everything this program has to offer and I am working very hard on me while I’m here getting it. There are so many women who have been through the program and are still going strong. They stay connected and “I want that”! I feel it’s a great team here; tough but great. This is just what I need. Since I have been here I have already seen so many things change for the better in my life. I don’t smoke cigarettes anymore, I’m drug free, I am employed, and my relationships with my other kids have become stronger. They are so proud of me. I could go on and on about where I am in my life right now compared to where I was. I have one word to describe how I feel; Grateful!” – Alisha Thornton
“Before I came to Mary’s House my life was quickly escalating in the totally opposite direction of right, excellence, and greater. I was going left, undecided, and in a downfall. Being at Mary’s House has changed my outlook on life. My mindset went from negative to positive. My lifestyle has come from being undetermined to being productive.
Mary’s House is showing me how to be beautiful. When I say beautiful, I mean all the things that make up that word, Mary’s House is teaching me how to respect myself, become independent, be responsible, and more importantly a loving and nurturing mother. I thank God every day for allowing Mary’s House to accept me with open and caring arms. Without the love I have received here, I would still be out in active addiction and without my children. Mary’s House is a great opportunity for me and other women who have a desire to get and stay sober. This opportunity has been an eye opener and will not be taken for granted. God has a plan for me and that is Mary’s House. I just have to take the necessary step to keep moving forward with being successful in life. I want to thank Mary’s House staff for pushing and believing in me and that I could be better.” – A. J.