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Women Find a New Start

Written by Eliza Player on Friday, 20 April 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Treatment

Women In Addiction

When women staying at the From Bondage to Freedom House in Marshall, Texas, they don't often have much. According to, the women staying at the home find hope with a new job, new clothes, and Marilyn "Madea" Phillips.

Angey Cochran has been living there for seven months. She said, "I had been living my life in jails and institutions and a life of drugs and alcohol my whole life. I had never been sober. This place has brought me where I like myself today. And I know I'm going to get out of here and get a job. And I know there are people to support me."

Marilyn "Madea" Phillips is the home's director. She claims that women recovering from addiction are harder on themselves than anyone else. She said, "If nobody taught you how to be a woman, you don't know how to be a woman. And that's the problem a lot of times. They don't have self respect or pride taught to them."

Phillips offers lessons like learning to cook and making their beds. The women in the home have a strict set of rules, and they are required to attend two meetings a day, hold a steady daytime job, and stay drug and alcohol free. The program last nine months to a year.

The program's first woman graduated in March, but Phillips feels she isn't nearly finished with her work. She said, "There's a lot of women that need help, and we're just getting started."

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About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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