Denise Achee: Hi ! Welcome! Thank you for coming in to share your experience at Inspirations with us.

Trisha S: Hi.

DA: How many days have you been here?

TS: 86 days.

DA: 86 Days. Wow! Can you share why you came here, what happened?

TS: Well, I was into, like, a lot of drugs, hanging out with the wrong people and one day when I was leaving school my mom had met me and I had like three guys in my car. I went to go get a drug test and I had to leave my car where it was at and I went with my mom to get a drug test and my drug test showed up with pills, cocaine, and weed. So, then I found myself here two days later.

DA: Wow. Before you came here, how was your relationship with your parents or your mother?

TS: I was like, avoiding things I wouldn’t speak of anything that was bothering me. I didn’t express my feelings. I just didn’t have a regular relationship your parents. I was dishonest and I wouldn’t take accountability for different things I’ve done.

DA: Had you gotten behind in school or was your school on track when you came?

TS: Well I was skipping a lot of school. I dropped out and went to this college school, like we’re still getting our high school diploma but I started skipping school and I only had to go for four hours a day.

DA: How did we address your education while you were here?

TS: I was in a class with the teachers that were here and then I moved up to Florida Virtual School, the online classes, and I started working on there and taking a lot more notes. I was just concentrating a whole lot better.

DA: Great! How is your relationship with your family now?

TS: Amazing! Like, I have the most support even though I know I have to deal with this whole addiction problem for the rest of my life, knowing I can’t go somewhere or be around the same people. It still bothers me but I’d rather have my relationship with my parents more than anything. We’re honest with each other and I use “I” statements to tell them how I feel and they take it because I’m being honest about how I feel.

DA: So it’s improved a lot?

TS: Yeah

DA: Well that’s great news and we want to wish you congratulations and please keep in touch with all of us here because we’ll miss you. Maybe you won’t miss us so much but we will miss you so please let us know how you’re doing. Keep in touch and when you get your diploma one day, we want a picture!

TS: [laughs] I’ll send you one.

DA: Alright, thank you so much!

TS: You’re welcome.