Stacey Bowen knew it was time to seek help for her crack cocaine addiction the night her baby girl caught her by surprise.
During the day, as a single parent of two young girls, she took care of everything that had to be taken care of. From the moment she got them up for breakfast to the moment she tucked them in at night, all of their physical and emotional needs were met with loving care.
But when the girls went to sleep – and they always slept through the night – it was mommy time and smoking crack was what she did with it. She always kept her bedroom door locked, just in case one of her girls would wake up at night and try to walk in.
But on this night, after getting high like she did almost every night, Stacey ventured out of her room to give one of her daughters a silent kiss on the forehead as she slept. Just as she was leaning in, her daughter’s eyes opened wide.