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East Texas Mom Rises Above Addiction Through Local Program

"My rock bottom was in the hospital right after I had him, CPS came to see me."

Only five years ago Sarah Miller was addicted to drugs.

"Crack cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, you name it. Through my life I have done just a little of everything," says Sarah.

Even when she was pregnant with her youngest son, Malcolm, she was still using drugs. But the day he was born, she decided to change her life, and turned to the Cradle Rockers.

"When I said I need help, I want to stop this and I want to right now, they knew I was at the end of my rope. I didn't have to pay a dime out of my pocket, they got me where I needed to go," says Sarah

That place was a drug rehab center in Marshall and another in Longview. But the help didn't stop there. Sarah says for the next three years, she got weekly house calls from case workers. They taught her about how to care for her son, born with cocaine in his system, parenting skills. And most importantly, they gave her a shoulder to cry on.

"Sometimes you just want somebody to talk to. If I'm having a bad day, and say I just want somebody to listen. God has brought me a really long way, not through any effort of mine though. He put people in the right place and when people see that you are willing to help yourself, they go to bat for you," says Sarah about the organization.

With help from Cradle Rockers, Sarah recently graduated with honors, from Tyler Junior College, something she says many moms who were just like her won't have the chance to do when the program closes.

"Without this type of organization, I don't know what's going to happen to a lot of these mothers. Cradle Rockers played such a significant part in my recovery. We traveled down this road together, you know with the drugs and the alcohol, and we came out on the other side together," says Sarah.

Sarah is now pursuing her Bachelor's degree in computer science. More than 30 women were in the program this month and are now looking for other agencies to work with. The organization has helped 400 women since it was established 7 years ago.

Reporting: Braid Sharp bsharp@kltv.com

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