Amber, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Amber: My son changed my life, for the better. He taught me a lot of things like responsibility and the true meaning of unconditional love.

BW: Where’s your son now?

Amber: My son is in New Hampshire.

BW: Does he live with family?

Amber: He lives with his father at the moment. 

BW: Do you mind if I ask why?

Amber: I battled with addiction. My son also taught me that when you love someone, you want what’s best for them. I feel I did the most unselfish act I could do by letting him go, you know? *Tears*. We all have to let go at some point, I just had to sooner than I wanted. 

BW: What’s your addiction?

Amber: Heroin. I’m sober now. A little over a year.

BW: Good job. That’s a long time. Do you go to meetings or anything?

Amber: I do. I go to meetings and I’m involved in a ministry.

BW: Well, what was your bottom?

Amber: My bottom was living in abandoned buildings, eating out of trash barrels. I reduced myself from this beautiful, educated, caring, kind, loving person to  someone who was angry, manipulative, shady, disgusting. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

BW: Do you have regrets?

Amber: I used to regret a lot of things but you know what? It’s just such a waste of time. I look at everything now as a learning experience. As long as you learn from it, it’s not in vain. You can use that experience to benefit someone else so they don’t have to go through the same thing.

BW: How old is your son?

Amber: He’s 17.

BW: Do you have much of a relationship with him?

Amber: I do. I talk to him every night on the phone. I have a son who is far greater than I deserve. I love him unconditionally.

BW: Do you think he knows that?

Amber: *Tears* I hope so.