Restoring Lives: BCD Success Story of Jennifer Johnston

The Better Community Development, Inc.'s Hoover Treatment Center has been a saving station for many. Over the years we have found that through our proven practices, people have their own stories of growth and success. How we are able to see the transformation, of something that others may feel is a sense of loss and of hopelessness to something promising and hopeful, is truly miraculous. Everyone that walks through our doors has a story.

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This story recognizes Jennifer Johnston who has had her share of ups and downs. She has overcome some trying times through her own addiction and has found a new sense of hope through our program. Here is her story...

"My name is Jennifer Johnston, I am a grateful recovering heroin addict. I went from never having a speeding ticket to SWAT coming in my residence (5) different times, and going to jail (4) of those times. I had been prescribed opiates from my doctor for (20+) but after so many years, oxycodone didn't work which led me to buying something stronger in the streets.  

After about (7) years of illegal activities and sticking a needle in my arm all day, I knew that I didn't want to be this junkie I'd become but as sick and broken as I was I couldn't stop on my own. Something had to happen and it did. I went to jail long enough to come off the heroin and was released to rehab only. 

Reverend Robinson, pastor Emeritus for Theressa Hoover Memorial UMC came to get me from jail and took me to his facility, BCD Hoover Treatment Center.  I will never forget the feeling I had when I arrived. I was welcomed by staff and the clients. They were so nice and welcoming. I knew then that I would be okay, especially knowing it was a faith based program. 

After 30 days in treatment I moved to the chem-free living at BCD called the Empowerment Village where I could learn how to live again and have structure. I started volunteering to help out with the inpatient ladies in treatment for several months and then doors began to open.

God is so good. I was asked to become an Americorps Vista and serve at BCD to build capacity for the opioid epidemic. I'm so grateful for BCD Hoover Treatment Center teaching me about my addiction, giving me the tools I need to stay sober and for not only reconnecting me but showing me how to have a relationship with my Lord and Savior. By the grace of God, I've been sober over a year now and I give God all the glory."

excerpt from a story on Better Community Development Inc. website

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