Meet Baby Olive!

Anthea, 29 years old, is a resident of Community Healing Centers’ Hope House. She is the daughter of an alcoholic mother and addict father. Her father disappeared when she was 4 years old. Her mother worked nights and Anthea was left to take care of herself.  When she was 12 years old she started using marijuana.  At age 16 she used cocaine for the first time.

Despite all of her trials, Anthea graduated from high school and began attending college. Unfortunately, while at college drinking became an everyday occurrence. While working a part-time job, Anthea began using Benzos (pills) and ecstasy, which caused a decline in her school work. Soon she began abusing ecstasy on a daily basis.

Shortly after, Anthea found out she was pregnant and several months later gave birth to her first daughter Dahlia. After Dahlia was born Anthea remained free from drugs for 2 years. After her daughter’s second birthday Anthea took her first drink, and shortly thereafter she went to rehab for her first time. After her release from rehab she met a man who introduced her to Methamphetamine, and she was hooked. After several months she gave her daughter to her mother and became lost in the world of drugs. She became someone who she didn’t recognize and her world was chaos.

Quickly she realized that she could no longer live that way and again found out that she was pregnant, so she put herself into an all-female rehab facility. Anthea spent 35 days in rehab and came directly to Community Healing Centers’ Hope House upon her release. Anthea immersed herself in services, received counseling, and began putting the pieces of her life back together.

On January 21, 2019 Olive was born at Bronson Hospital, weighing 7 lbs 10 oz and 19” long. Olive had no drugs in her system and was completely healthy. Anthea has returned to Hope House where she is recovering from the birth and is working on getting her oldest daughter returned. She remains drug free and is committed to building a wonderful life for herself and her daughters.