My name is Cora F. I am a 55-year-old mother of two. I had a great relationship with my mother growing up. We did many typical mother / daughter things (church, family outings, shopping, etc.) until I started drinking alcohol and using drugs as a young adult. I began hanging out with the wrong crowd and doing what I thought was fun. During that time, our relationship became nonexistent. I missed my mother, but I liked the new scene (and people) that drugs and alcohol introduced me to.
I am grateful for a praying mother. Although I did not go around her while I was in the midst of my addiction, I know she was praying for me to change my lifestyle. When I lost my home and my vehicle as a result of my addiction, my mother allowed me to move in with her. I was clean for six months. But, I picked back up drinking and drugging when I left her home.
Last year after an episode with law enforcement, my mother was instrumental in helping me find Gilgal. I was terrified to walk into this unfamiliar environment. But, the staff and volunteers quickly made me feel welcomed and at home. I have learned so much! I have even increased my reading level four grades thanks to a volunteer, Ms. Joyce Bray, who spends time tutoring me. I never want to go back to that lifestyle that robbed me of so much.
Amazingly, since I have been here, my relationship with my mother has changed for the better. I feel so close to her. We talk every other day and she tells me how proud of me she is. I know she only wants God’s best for me. As much as I would like to move home and live close to my mother, I made the decision to stay in Atlanta after graduating from Gilgal. My mother knows this is what is best for my recovery and continues to support my healthy way of life. I pray I will continue to make her proud.
Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for your prayers and support of Gilgal.