Brittany’s Story

From Chaos to Calm

Brittany Parsons

Client, Palmer

Addiction to drugs and alcohol for nearly 10 years left Brittany Parsons homeless. The turning point came when she gave birth to her youngest child and both tested positive for methamphetamine.

It was then, through help from her family, she was able to get into the substance abuse program at Palmer, a United Way partner agency.

“I didn’t think I had a problem, but I wanted visitation with my kids,” Brittany admitted about her motivation for contacting Palmer.

That all changed when, about 90 days into the program, she realized she truly did need help for her addiction.

“We were completely broken, we didn’t have any hope,” said Brittany. “I realized this was life or death.”
Brittany took part in Palmer’s residential program for women for seven months and graduated on January 31, 2013.

“I learned tools to live a normal life. Life was chaos before, but now I have the tools to make it manageable,” said Brittany.

Since completing the program, Brittany was married and became a home owner. She is working part time and looking for full-time employment. She’s also working very hard on her relationship with her four children. “I’ve built trust back up with my kids; they talk to me and we don’t yell anymore. It would hurt my heart to let them down now.”

“Palmer has made such a difference in my life,” she says. “I feel like I can sit back and breathe – I’m OK with myself.”