ALL AMERICAN GIRL WHO BECAME A HEROIN JUNKIE SHARES HER
HER STORY OF RECOVERY TO INSPIRE OTHER ADDICTS TO GET HELP
Jennifer Hood, 23, who completed her treatment at A Better Tomorrow Treatment Center Inc. in Murrieta, Calif., shared a happy ending to her addiction story last week on The Steve Wilkos Show
MURRIETA, Calif., March 24, 2009 Jennifer Hoods nightmare with drugs started at age 18, when her boyfriend introduced her to OxyContin, a prescription painkiller known for its addictive qualities.
She quickly got hooked, and by the time she was 20, she started taking heroin and her life spiraled out of control. In fact, by the time the Virginia native landed on the syndicated Steve Wilkos Show last November, she was homeless and prostituting herself.
I was an all-American girl who turned into a homeless, heroin junkie, Hood, 23, recalled. I was my fathers nightmare. I built walls around myself to keep everyone who loved me at a distance.
But after Hood shared her story with a national television audience, The Steve Wilkos Show referred her to A Better Tomorrow Treatment Center in Murrieta, Calif., which provided her with three months of residential treatment, interrupting her cycle of drug dependence and giving her the tools to rebuild her life.
A Better Tomorrow changed my life completely, Hood said. I went from having low self esteem to feeling better about myself and realizing that there is another life out there for me if I want to pursue it. I now have real friends who want to see me do well and I’ve repaired my relationships with my family.
Hood said she will spend several months in a sober living facility and plans to return to complete her studies in college and pursue a career as a counselor. I didn’t (share my story last week) for the air time, Hood said. I did it to help inspire other addicts to get help so that their life doesn’t become what mine used to be.
Based in Murrieta, Calif., A Better Tomorrow regularly treats addicts that have appeared on The Steve Wilkos Show. The clinic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), placing it in the top 5 percent of drug and alcohol treatment centers in California. For more information about A Better Tomorrow, please contact Jerrod Menz at (800) 757-9867. Additional information is available on the clinic’s website at www.abttc.com.