Jessica Barks’ struggle with addiction began at the age of 16 after she suffered the loss of her mother who was taken by cancer. The unbearable hurt she experienced caused her to turn to alcohol, marijuana, and later hallucinogens and benzos. Not long after, she turned to pills and heroin to mute out the demons in her head and the pain in her heart caused by the passing of her mom.
During her first attempt with heroin, Jessica overdosed. Despite her willingness to pass due to the emotional trauma she had been suffering, it was not her time to go. Her life was full of ample potential. Jessica recognized her hurt, pain, and struggle, and put herself in treatment at Fresh Start of California, ready to face her demons head-on.
Her Experience at our Orange County Detox
During her detox and residential treatment at our Orange County facility, Jessica gained clarity, peace of mind, and, more importantly, happiness. Her willingness to accept change allowed her to flourish. While at Fresh Start of California, Jessica enjoyed yoga, dinners out and about, trips to the beach used as a time and place for meditation, Friday morning harp sessions, and personalized and individualized treatment designed to help her achieve and maintain sobriety.
When asked what she enjoyed most about our Orange County detox, Jessica responded, “I loved that it was smaller, and I didn’t just feel like a number. I was a person with a future that they actually cared about!” Through our Orange County detox, Jessica learned that it is possible to have fun while being sober and that sobriety is the furthest thing from dull and boring.
Where Jessica is Now
Jessica’s official sobriety date is October 2, 2017, giving her more than 20 months free of drugs and alcohol. While in sobriety, Jessica has experienced many beautiful and amazing places and created irreplaceable memories that will last a lifetime. She no longer takes life for granted and takes full control of her life and happiness.
Since completing detox and residential at Fresh Start of California, Jessica has moved across the country, met her soulmate, and is now able to pursue the things she is most passionate about, including raising her beautiful 7-month-old baby boy. Now, her future is limitless.
The Highlights of Sobriety and a Special Thanks
Living life in sobriety doesn’t mean a life free of struggles, but it means one that can be worked out and remedied without the use of drugs or alcohol. With a clear mind, Jessica is able to visit family, enjoy life, and continue to pursue the things she loves.
When asked who she would like to thank, Jessica answered:
I would like to thank my support system: God, my family, my sponsor, and my friends that stuck with me through everything. I am also so thankful for the new friends I have gained on this journey, an old counselor of mine, my amazing boyfriend who is a constant support, and, most importantly, my son, who gives me an even bigger reason for living clean and healthy. I could not and cannot do it without these amazing people in my life.
Jessica’s Thoughts on Fresh Start of California
Jessica’s journey may have been nurtured by Fresh Start of California, but the effort and heart have been hers and hers alone. Nonetheless, Jessica wanted to thank Fresh Start of California. She shared:
Fresh Start of California will always hold a special place in my heart. I know it was God telling me to pick up the phone that day, and I was truly meant to be at Fresh Start of California. It was the foundation that I needed and set my road to recovery in the right direction. I will always be so grateful for everyone that helped me at the facility. I had some rough days, and they were always there to help me get through it and see that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I am forever blessed for this team. I truly believe I would not be where I am today if I had not begun my journey at Fresh Start of California! So, thank you Fresh Start of California, Dustin, Preston, Lindsey, Lacey and the entire treatment team for believing in me and giving me hope and providing the path to living freely.
Are you ready for a fresh start detox and residential plan? Call our Orange County detox today. Our rehab team in OC is ready to provide you with individualized treatment and hope to pursue a healthier and happier future.