Hope House helping women struggling with addiction get a fresh start

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News 12 at 6 o' clock/ September 10, 2013


AUGUSTA, Ga.--It's a place to get a fresh start for women who have hit rock bottom with substance addictions, and it's right here in Augusta. It's called the Hope House, and Sarah Hatfield has been recovering there for 11 months.

She says, "When I had lost everything, all the doors were shut, there was nowhere to sleep, no car to drive, no job, I knew I had to get help."

A similar story from Christina Cooper, who also knows what it feels like to hit rock bottom.

She says, " I pretty much lost all relationships with my family, and I was alone with two kids, active in my addiction."

Both women finally knew it was time to open a new door, and say goodbye to their old lives. That's when they turned to Hope House, a nonprofit in Augusta that helps women battle addiction.

Elicia Taylor is the Clinical Director at Hope House. She says, "Our job is to get women back to self sufficiency. We want them to be able to go back out into the community, get a job, and give back to the community."

But, Taylor says she's seen a big shift over the years. Ten years ago, she says it was mostly women coming in with marijuana and crack addictions. But now, she says, "Now, we've seen a huge jump in prescription drugs and methamphetamine."

But, no matter the substance, Hope House is a free resource available for women like Hatfield and Cooper, who just need a fresh start.

Hatfield says, "They just gave me the resources to live again and to get back on a schedule, to get up and make my bed everyday, and eat at a certain time, things that I'm applying now."

Both women are taking parenting classes now, and they've been reunited with her kids.

Cooper says, "My kids come and spend the weekends with me, we go to church together, they actually like being around me."

Hatfield says, "It's been a wonderful place. I have my family back, my daughter back, I have two jobs, and it's just an awesome place."

They want other women to know, it's never too late to get help.

Cooper says, "Don't give up, there's hope, because you haven't done nothing that I haven't done. Your story is my story."

September is National Recovery Awareness Month, and in honor of the occassion, Hope House is having a big rally out at Pendleton King Park on September 21st. There will be free food and fun things to do for the family, and it's also a good chance for you to get your questions answered about what the Hope House has to offer.