Becky grew up miles from the streets of the Kensington section of Philadelphia that would nearly claim her life. Finding herself addicted to opiates, Becky turned to heroin and a homeless life “living on the tracks” in her early 20s. Her “lifestyle” then alternated between selling whatever she could to support her habit, and failed stints in rehabilitation centers. During a period of sobriety, she became pregnant with her son, Caiden. She stayed clean during her pregnancy, but relapsed after his birth, losing custody of her son. It was one of the most—if not the most—extreme losses of Becky’s life.
Homeless, Becky found her way to treatment again, this time determined to find a way to “make it stick.” Although still on the streets, methadone became an essential tool in her recovery and she enrolled in JEVS Achievement through Counseling and Treatment (ACT) clinic. She worked hard at her recovery and was a model patient, taking on a peer leadership role at the clinic while working part-time at a women’s recovery program. Her leadership was recognized with a scholarship to train for a certified peer specialist credential. Becky was hired at ACT as a Peer Recovery Specialist, where she excelled at helping others manage their recovery.
Today—with five years of sobriety under her belt—Becky works with Team Arrive as a mobile psychiatric rehabilitation worker. She recently purchased a house and is enjoying her greatest achievement—proving herself to the point of regaining the right to live and nurture her son. Becky is an inspiration to everyone she meets and a shining example that recovery can work.
Rebecca applies her personal experience to her work each and every day. Check out Rebecca’s continued work to help those who are struggling with a substance use disorder in the following articles:
The Northeast Times: Back on Track
The Cherry Hill Sun: Cherry Hill resident survived horrors of opioid abuse, reclaimed life
The Philadelphia Inquirer: After a life on the streets, a guide back for others