Everyone deserves an opportunity to start fresh. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to do with his or her second chance.
Luckily, Tina Gonzales is not one of those people.
Three years ago, the Glendale native was a single mother suffering not only from depression and recent drug and alcohol abuse, she said, but also from a chronic lack of self-esteem and self-worth. She was only a few months sober, having just completed her first 12-step program, but she had no job and no prospects, and so became in jeopardy of slipping back into her old habits.
"I was completely lost," Gonzales recalls. "I was trying to take care of my daughter, but I was only four months sober and suffering from depression and anxiety."
It was at that point, in the fall of 2007, that she made a decision that would change her life.
"I started going to the Child and Family Center, in Santa Clarita, once a week," Gonzales said. "I was scared at first, but Yu [Enomoto, her therapist] was a godsend. We talked about my home life, sobriety, being a parent. I was focusing so much on taking care of my daughter, but Yu got me thinking about what I wanted to do to take care of me. I needed that balance."