A Life of Joy

Gina’s Story

“The fear of losing my kids was unimaginable. That for me was it. It was my rock bottom.”

Gina’s journey from addiction through to recovery was made possible by the life-changing programs and services at Union Gospel Mission.

Gina was first introduced to drugs and alcohol at the age of 12, after a difficult upbringing and childhood trauma left her looking to numb the pain. After struggling with addiction for many years Gina faced losing her two daughters to care, and she knew it was time to seek help.

Gina’s life was transformed at Lydia Home, UGM’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Program for women. “At Lydia Home, I learned that God is loving and forgiving – that no matter what, He is with me.”

Today, the mother of two is a health and wellness coach, and passionate about teaching others to lead healthy lives. “When I got here I didn’t think I was anyone or anything, but God opened a door and showed me how to live.”

“Today, I have joy in my life. It doesn’t matter where I go in my life. I know I will never use. I just know that… because there is nothing worth giving up the life I have today.”