Erika’s Escape from Addiction


Erika’s childhood was golden—full of love . . . laughter . . . and magic memories.  The family would gather from miles around. She would romp through the house with her cousins. All in all, it was the stuff of fairy tales.  But one day suddenly, the fairy tale ended. Erika’s parents divorced—and her world fell to pieces.

She went looking for love in all the wrong places.  She started using drugs. And then she lost control.  Family gatherings became a nightmare . . . Erika wasn’t welcome and she knew it—all she lived for was just one more fix.  And then one Christmas she landed in the hospital . . . her body so ravaged by drugs that she needed emergency help.  God in His mercy had a plan for Erika.  When hope seemed lost, He led her to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

“It was the only opportunity left,” Erika remembers, “but it was the best thing ever.  I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this place.”  She’s a whole new woman today.  Just listen to her—“I’m not a thief anymore,” she says.  “I don’t have needles in my arms. I love my life today.  I wake up every day with a smile on my face.  I can be a good friend.  I have a whole new relationship with my family.”