Graduation Story – Lauren

Graduation Story – Lauren

December 11, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Lauren Agee I grew up the daughter of two addicts When I was ten years old I went to go stay with my grandma and I was going to leave My grandma said well You’re going to go ahead and stay here with us That’s when everything kind of shifted in my life As I progressed I decided to get into cheerleading so I became a cheerleader of the school That was kind of where I found my identity But I still wasn’t really comfortable in my skin I got with a guy in high school and he was my high school sweetheart And that’s kind of when the trajectory of things really changed I smoked weed for my first time and that’s when I found that ahh feeling of like this is what I’ve been missing It progressed the drugs got worse And eventually I hit rock bottom I started using harder drugs And that’s when my life really started spiralling out of control I was in and out of jail and not only that but my appearance started to deteriorate I was getting to the point to where I was looking in the mirror and I thought man I don’t even know who this person is anymore Finally I’d hit a point to where The jails were sick of seeing me the courts were sick of seeing me They said you can either go to drug court or you’re going to go to prison And when I finally went jail this last time they said ok we’re sending you to rehab Towards the end of my stay My counselor told me that I needed to do three months in sober living and she said well I know of a really good place that I think you’ll really like and she told me about Hope Is Alive and it gets me emotional everytime because This place has changed my life And I was so scared So scared I remember driving back with my Dad saying Dad just take me home just take me home and my Dad said no I promised your counselor I would come and pick you up and I would take you here I pulled up and The two ladies that were checking me in were bubbly and happy And I remember thinking Why are they so full of joy You know like even coming out of rehab I was still in that broken spot of not like having full happiness and that they were and so I just thought if I could just get to where they are I’ll be ok I went through it and I make through phase one and I though ok Then I make through phase two and I was like ok digging deep into you know this process addiction of Which was the root of everything Then I became a house manager and I got to start giving back to me I got to be that smiling face that those ladies gave to me which was really cool You know I finally made it to that person that I wanted to be There’s a lot of hard deep work that you put in to completely changing all of your habits and all of the things that you’ve done that were normal to you for your whole life and so graduation to me means that I’ve finally found who I am and I get to be that person for the rest of my life I’m confident today I have hope today and I get to be a woman of God I get to be a daughter to my dad who is in recovery I get to be an older sister to my brother again and my little sisters I get to smile from ear to ear and it’s genuine and I think that’s something that I’ve been looking for my whole life and I’m finally comfortable in my skin It’s just amazing It’s just amazing to get to smile and be ok today