Grateful woman tells story of recovery in hopes to help others

Grateful woman tells story of recovery in hopes to help others
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: Stephanie Rock's Facebook Page)
(Source: Stephanie Rock's Facebook Page)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 woman took to Facebook to share her story of recovery and to remind people anything is possible

Stephanie Rock just received her first college degree, but it was not an easy road to get there.

"My addiction went quick," Rock said. "I was only in my addiction for a total of 8 months but it took everything."

Rock grew up a straight-A student and honor graduate, but things got worse after high school.

"I turned to a bad crowd and I got wrapped up in things I had no control over," Rock said.

Somewhere along the way she got so lost in her addiction she had nothing but drugs.

"I was homeless and bouncing around, living out of duffel bags and backpacks and my whole life revolved around getting high," Rock said.

An undercover cop arrested Rock while she was buying drugs.

She got a 72-month felony probation for the charge.

However, the idea of jail time did not scare Rock away from her addiction.

Her father finally made an impact on Rock when he reminded his daughter that her drug addiction was not only hurting her.

"He said, 'you're killing everyone who loves you,'" Rock said.

He said she was especially hurting her son, who would wait up to see his mom who would never come.

"He sits there by the window waiting time and time again when you say you're going to come and you never show up," Rock said.

Her father said she needed to come home and be with her child.

"I am tired of wiping away his tears when you should be here loving and taking care of him, God gave him to you," Rock quoted her father saying.

Rock said although she wanted help, she was too far into her addiction to get herself out alone.

It was not until she landed in jail for stealing and outstanding felony warrants that she decided to change.

The arresting officer told Rock she would be spending a long time in jail, and she knew that was exactly what she needed.

"I told him thank God, and he looked at me baffled and I said 'you don't understand I am tired of running I am tired of being alone, and homeless and without hope,'" Rock said.

When Rock went to jail she said she didn't have much of a relationship with God, until the Agape House visited.

"I had to be mad, I had to blame it on someone, it's the addict mentality and so I was mad at God," Rock said.

The Agape House took Rock in after jail and helped her find herself and God again.

"I am doing better now than I was before my addiction and God has opened many doors for me," Rock said. "I never knew this kind of life was possible for me."

Since her recovery of almost 6 years, Rock has started a thriving family and got her first college degree.

"If I can do it then anyone can," she said. "My addiction and past choices don't define who I am as a person, they were a part of my life but that does not define who I am."

Rock graduated with her first degree this year and afterward she took to Facebook to share her story.

"One of the reasons I did this is to tell people it is never too late even after you think there is no hope for you there is hope," Rock said. "I hope my testimony can help bring these people out of that dark pit."

Rock said the Facebook post went viral and got much more attention than she ever expected.

"I went to bed and woke up with tons of likes and shares and messages," Rock said.

Rock now hopes her story can reach someone who needs to hear it.

"If just one person comes to me and I am able to help them get their life back together than me telling my story was worth it," Rock said.

She is now working on her second degree at Arkansas State University and hopes to do something in the future to further help addicts recover.

"I guess you could say I am just living life like it is supposed to be lived," Rock said.

She said life is what you make it and recovery is possible.

"Nobody is perfect, people make mistakes but it is about what you do after afterward and how you recover is what makes you who you are," Rock said.

Rock said if anyone needs advice or resources to turn to she is more than happy to help in any way possible.

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