April 2, 2001
This week, we are posting a mother and a daughter's stories, from Prince George, British Columbia - Journey of a Mother & Daughter. There are two parts to each of their touching stories. Read on...
Shannon is 49 years old, a single mother who is currently enrolled in the Social Workers Program working towards her B.S.W. It had been 28 years since she graduated from high school and she was proud when she was able to return to school and be successful. She has always enjoyed reading and tries to spend some time each day reading with her 12-year old daughter.
In February 1998 I kicked drugs for good. The following summer I was asked to join a research group called Creating Solutions: Women Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This project focused on women in recovery doing their own research into successful approaches to recovery. It was frightening in the beginning but it was also a way for me to give something to other women struggling with addictions.
Last fall I enrolled in college. My goal is to become a social worker. It's been a wonderful and overwhelming experience. I'm treading on new territory every day. With Tepanga, rebuilding our relationship hasn't been easy. She knows I'm serious about my recovery, but she also tests me, although this is lessening. We've become closer now than ever before.
When I was using our relationship was superficial. My coping skills depended on the availability of drugs. And now it's all changed. I'm there for Tepanga emotionally and physically. Now I can see myself having a future. Two months ago the Creating Solutions project invited the daughters of the researchers to join the group. This is a way of empowering these young girls. It will show Tepanga that as mothers and daughters we can make a difference.