Christy Gaines graduates from the Brighton Center Friday, Nov. 1, along with 18 other women addicted to drugs.
Brighton alumni Stephanie Hebel, 26, of Fort Thomas, talks to the graduates about her battle and overcoming an addiciton to heroin.
Jessica Peace, 29, who entered the Brighton Center as a heroin addict went to jail and lost custody of her son while addicted to meth and heroin for two years.
Jessica Peace's addiction started when she was just 16, but advanced to meth and heroin later in her 20s.
Jessica Peace, of Owenton, who entered the Brighton Center as a heroin addict said losing custody of her 4-year-old son Holden was her turning point. "I've started my life again. I can be a mom. I can be a friend," said the 29-year-old.
Holden Peace, 4, watches as his mom Jessica graduates from her treatment program at Brighton Center. When she stands to accept her certificate, he shouts, "I love you mommy!"
Brandi Franks graduates from the Brighton Center at Gateway College's Florence Campus. She is one of 19 women who successfully completed all four phases of the recovery program, moved off property, and are still maintaining sobriety.
Brandi Franks graduates from The Brighton Recovery Center which is one of only 10 in Kentucky. The recovery program takes about nine months to complete but women can stay for up to two years depending on their situation.
Rebecca O'Banion, 26, was addicted to heroin for three years.
Rebecca O'Banion, of Carrollton, Ky., said her breaking point in her addiction to heroin was losing her two sons.
Rebecca O'Banion, now a Brighton graduate, has custody of her sons after losing them for two years. Her husband and sons join her to celebrate her recovery from a heroin addiction.
Brighton Center's long-term approach allows for an opportunity to break the cycle of substance abuse by removing the participant from their prior lifestyle for an extended period of time.
"Their lives have been turned upside down as a result of their addiction not to mention the negative impact it has had on their families and the guilt and remorse they deal with," said Anita Prater, Brighton Recovery Center for Women Director
"Addiction is a disease, yet more than 50 percent of society still doesn’t understand that. Being in recovery trying to maintain sobriety is a very hard road to follow," said Anita Prater, Brighton Center's director.
Ashton Dermon, addicted to heroin, embraces one of her mentors from The Brighton Center as she graduates from the recovery program.
Since opening in 2008, 243 women, like Ashton Dermon, above, have completed the Brighton Recovery Center program.
"Celebrating this portion of their journey is an opportunity for their families and the community to recognize their accomplishments and support them as they continue their journey,” said Anita Prater, Brighton Recovery Center for Women Director.
Charlotte Adams, of Carroll County, Ky., was addicted to heroin. She was caught trafficking and was sent to jail before seeking help.
Charlotte Adams, 29, an addict of 13 years, is also a mother of three daughters. Two were there with her husband to see their mom graduate from Brighton's program. "I lost myself. I never thought I'd make it," said Adams of her recovery.
A long-term independent study of the Brighton Recovery Center conducted by the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research showed that clients had an extremely positive experience and significantly and improved quality of life due to the program.
Alexandra Johnston, 25, said she lost everything to her addiction to heroin. Her turning point was losing everyone she cared about. "I burned every bridge--had no one left."
Brighton graduate Alexandra Johnston, of Edgewood, Ky., was addicted to heroin for four years. "I lost years of my life that I'll never get back."
During its last fiscal year, Brighton Center served 76,817 people through 39 programs with a 98-percent satisfaction rate.