Krista's Stories

Krista is a mother of three children all under age six. But these are three children whom she cannot live with or see regularly. Krista lives alone apart from the world she lost due to addiction.

Krista’s husband asked her to leave following a relapse of drug use. She knew addiction was controlling her life and she needed help with treatment. But to be in treatment a person needs to live somewhere. She needed some stability.

Her first stop was the Salvation Army of Wooster where Krista stayed for several weeks. There she found close bonds from other women in crisis. “When you are in the lowest of low places is when you find the most compassion”, Krista says, singing the praises of the supportive environment of the Salvation Army.

Knowing that long-term treatment was needed, Krista found stable housing through One Eighty’s Housing program. She found part-time work at a local restaurant providing not only income, but also kindness and compassion that brought light to her “very hollow feelings”, as she described.

Today, Krista, living clean and sober, is finding strength in outpatient addiction treatment provided by One Eighty. Krista closed the conversation with this: “Even though I have hit lows, I can still help others. If I had not received help, I would be dead or living in a park. I will be with my children again. I will get better.”

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MOCA House has helped me a lot by giving me the support that I need. I have learned so much about my mental illness. The stuff that I learned has helped me in my recovery. If it wasn’t for MOCA House I would be in a very bad state of mind and not even know why. I wouldn’t have the knowledge of mental illness if it wasn’t for MOCA House. I would refer anybody that has a mental illness or wants to learn about how to take care of someone with a mental illness to come to NAMI/MOCA.

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