Omaha, NE-Hollie Davis-Grey was a prostitute, drug addict, alcoholic, and a mother. She hopes her story of addiction and recovery will inspire others to get sober.
She recalls she started drinking to deal with the prostitution.
"My drinking allowed me to be numb. To where I didn't feel badly about what was going on," she said.
She received two DUI's, but it took a third after a car crash at 108th and Maple ten months ago to finally wake her up. She said she was so intoxicated at the time, she blacked out.
"I don't remember going to jail, getting into my scrubs, or anything. I just remember waking up, in jail," she said.
It was felony charges, or personal changes. Holly enrolled in the Lydia House's new life recovery program. The bible-based 12-step residential program focuses on breaking addiction and gaining employment. All through her treatment, her three year old son, Alero, was with her at Lydia house.
"He was there and addictive during my addiction. Why not have him there for my recovery?" she said.
Last Saturday, Davis-Grey graduated from the New Life Recovery Program after 10 months. She's moving into her own home tomorrow, taking classes at metro, and inspires to open her own restaurant. Most of all, she says she wants to share her story, so others with addiction know help is out there.
"My kids could have ended up not having a mother. And not growing up knowing who their mom is, because of some stupid choice I decided to make," she said.
More information on Lydia House is at http://www.opendoormission.org/about/programs#lydia