A local program helps a Knoxville woman turn her life around and reconnect with her family

A program is helping a woman in Knoxville turn her life around and reconnect with her family after using drugs for 16 years.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A program is helping a woman in Knoxville turn her life around and reconnect with her family after using drugs for 16 years.

Nancy Leatherwood, a mom of two, tells us she used drugs for 16 years and it became more difficult to get sober everyday.

“I couldn’t quit using drugs and alcohol. I had tried on my own for years and I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t stay out of jail, I couldn’t do anything but use drugs and alcohol, and I had finally given up hope and just accepted the fact that I was going to die that way,” said Leatherwood.

Nancy lost custody of her kids 10 years ago because of drugs and alcohol. She says in 2012, when things seemed overwhelming, she reached out to Agape, which is a home for women who are recovering from chemical dependency.  Leatherwood entered a 7-month program that changed her life.

“I just used the tools that I learned there, things that I learned to do. I was able to keep a job so that I could get a car and have my own place and have money and transportation to be able to see my children and do things with my kids,” said Leatherwood. “I had been apart of my kids’ life a very minimal part of their life throughout my entire addition, but I haven’t been able to be a mother to them.”

Nancy tells us she’s driving out of town so she can spend Mother’s Day with her mom and kids.

“It’s amazing to get to be a mother to my two boys, it just amazes me that my life is what it is today. I’m a house manager and admissions coordinator so I never imagined that in a million years,” said Leatherwood.

At the end of the month, Nancy tells us her 17-year-old son will move in with her and her 11-year-old son has the option to do so as well.

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