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Boys Town Helps Mother Go the Extra Mile to Reunite Family

The fear of losing one’s children can make a huge difference in a parent’s road to recovery from substance abuse.

Susan came to know that fear firsthand. But it took an arrest, jail time and a separation from her two sons before she did something about it.

Susan had struggled with substance abuse for a long time. It prevented her from holding a steady job and providing daily care for her boys, Jackson and Jerad. Often, she would disappear for weeks at a time while on a binge, forcing her sister to take care of the kids.

Then, Susan’s world fell apart.

During a traffic stop for a burned out taillight, police found meth in Susan’s possession.

She was convicted and sentenced to jail. Knowing her life was out of control and faced with losing everything, including her sons, Susan reached out for help.

She was referred to Boys Town Iowa and soon began working with a trained Family Consultant. The Consultant quickly built a rapport with Susan, meeting with her, helping her to reorganize her priorities and her life, and advocating for Susan to have separate, supervised visits with Jackson and Jerad, who were living with their aunt.

After completing her sentence, Susan maintained her sobriety and graduated from an outpatient treatment program. She found a suitable apartment, got a job, set up a budget and continued supervised visits with her boys.

Eventually, Susan proved she could be a capable mother again and Jerad and Jackson were able to move home with their mother.

People make mistakes. What they are willing to do to correct a mistake determines whether they truly learn a lesson that will enhance and enrich their lives.

For Susan, being without her sons would have been unbearable. With Boys Town’s guidance, she discovered what it took to turn her life around and make her family whole again.

Susan’s life and her family’s future were saved thanks to her sense of urgency and turning to Boys Town for help.

The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.

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