Ashley Woods and Monica Devias

Find Ashley Woods’s and Monica Devias’s display at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 328 Sixth Avenue.

“Recovery changes your whole outlook. Especially rebuilding relationships with family. You’re not used to that kind of wreckage. To damage it, and try to rebuild it, takes a lot.” – Ashley

“Don’t judge people with addiction. See if anything can help them. These are people’s mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers. Don’t judge them. Help them.” – Monica

Ashley
When I was 15 years-old I got on heroin, and I’ve been struggling with it since. I’m 29 now and going to the methadone clinic to get help for that problem. I’ve been clean since October.

Recovery changes your whole outlook. Especially rebuilding relationships with family. You’re not used to that kind of wreckage. To damage it, and try to rebuild it takes a lot.

Monica
It will be 12 years ago that I divorced my kid’s father. When we were going for divorce, I experimented with heroin. I ended up losing everything. I decided to go to the methadone clinic, and I’ve been there for about 7 years. It helps. There’s some people that look down on it but, it really does save lives.

Some of my family members don’t want to talk to me. They look down on me. The only relationship I have with is my mom. She’s sixty years-old and still struggling with drugs. I worry about her a lot. She doesn’t want to change, and I don’t understand why.

Don’t judge people with addiction. See if anything can help them. These are people’s mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers. Don’t judge them. Help them. Addiction don’t discriminate. You could be white, black, Asian, or anything. Addiction does not discriminate.

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