The Women of Thistle Farms

Valerie, 2020 Graduate
I spent 45 years in addiction. My parents divorced when I was a teenager and that loss of my family just broke something inside of me. We all scattered and I soon found myself on my own. The people in...
Chelle, 2005 Graduate
Chelle, 2005 Thistle Farms Residential Graduate and Thistle Farms Accounting & Administrative Manager, was the reason for a groundswell of internet goodness on the day she announced that her voting rights had recently been restored! Chelle is now on a mission...
Christy, 2020 Graduate
I lived in a refrigerator box under a bridge. I traded myself for drugs, and I spent many years in jail, treatment, and hospitals due to my drug use. That’s who I was. As a child, I learned that the...
Stephanie, 2020 Graduate
I grew up in a small town, and like a lot of other small town girls, I got pregnant at an early age. When my baby girl died, I just came apart. I dealt with my grief by getting high until eventually...
Leigh, 2021 Candidate for Graduation
My daughter Meleia came into the world a tiny two pounds. She was my motivation for staying clean for several years, even when my mother, my best friend, was diagnosed with end-stage cancer.  The relapse that followed my mom's passing...
DaShawn, 2020 Graduate
I was paralyzed. For several long minutes, I couldn’t move anything except my eyes. Whatever was in that last hit almost killed me, but the people I was with at the time didn’t even notice. That's addiction, the constant feeling of...
Debbie, 2020 Graduate
I love that no one here has ever asked me what I did to get to my lowest point. The question we ask is “what happened to you?”  A lot happened to me. My upbringing was a reflection of the...
Kristina, 2020 Graduate
Today my life is a miracle. Living life as a sober person is new to me. Being in a loving community is new to me. Having a great job is new to me. Being trusted is new to me. My fight was...
Angela, 2020 Graduate
The I use word to describe myself today is 'blossom.'  I had used drugs for over 20 years. I got clean for a while, but relapsed when I lost my husband. I sad and I was tired. I wanted to...
Gwen, 2009 Graduate
I was out there for a long time. I knew every dope dealer, every crack house, any place where sad, shame-filled people were, I knew them all. I was one of them. I blamed myself for every awful thing that...
Rachel, 2017 Graduate
I was in addiction for twenty years with ten overdoses, then I spent two years behind bars.I’ve always said three things saved my life... Prison, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Thistle Farms. They’re all linked together. I was thankful to be locked...