Student Who Grew Up With Addiction Gets White House Internship

on Monday, 07 May 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News, Cocaine

Drug Addicted Parents

A Portland college student is taking a disadvantage life and turning it into an advantage. According toKATU.com, she recently got an internship at the White House.

Portland Community College student Kovi Ashley was selected for a summer internship at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. She is expected to graduate college with honors in coming months.

Ashley was raised by parents who struggled with drug addiction most of her life. She said, "They were cocaine addicts. From a very young age, I recognized that something wasn't quite right." She first ran away from home when she was just three years old. She lived with a number of different relatives growing up, but she always ended up back with her parents, amid their struggles.

Ashley said, "Growing up, I found that drugs were the source of a lot of pain. Drugs and alcohol create pain, and I want to stop that pain. Any child that may be going through the same thing, I don't want them to have to go through that." She wants to work for a nonprofit specializing in drug abuse prevention. At 18, she began volunteering with Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life. Through this group, Ashley helped create a high school youth advisory board to empower teens to fight substance abuse.

Ashley's own struggles have inspired her. She said, "I knew if I did the opposite of what my parents did, I would be some place better. I would definitely like to share my story with kids of drug addicted parents and hope that my experience will be an inspiration for them."


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