For nearly two decades, Shelley lived a secret life. “I was a meth addict for 19 years, and then the inevitable happened,” she said.
In 2010, police arrested Shelley for the first time. The judge sentenced her to two years of supervised probation and ordered her to get a job. “During my drug addiction, I was unemployable, so I hadn’t worked in over two years.”
Shelley spent the next several months focused on conquering her addiction. She underwent seven months of treatment and attended two AA meetings every day. “Getting sober was about the hardest thing I had ever done in my life,” she said. “I don’t think I could go through that again, and that’s what keeps me sober.”
Shortly after treatment, Shelley accepted a job at Goodwill. The first few months were challenging.