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'There is hope and you can recover:' Milwaukee woman conquers cocaine addiction

Posted at 9:54 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 23:23:10-05

MILWAUKEE — 42-year-old Sheree Thompson of Milwaukee is proof you can conquer addiction. She describes the time she hit rock bottom.

"I almost froze to death being out in the streets homeless nowhere to go."

Sheree fought a 15-year cocaine habit. Life changed after someone dropped her off at First Step Community Recovery Center.

"I did not want to live like an animal savagely... homeless and nowhere to go."

Thomspon admits, I thought it was just the end of the road. I thought the only way I had to live was through drugs!"

It was First Step that helped Thompson sober up.

"To come out where I came from it was pretty hard for me. When you feel like you have nobody to love you or to help you you have to do it for yourself. You have to be determined on what it is you want in life and what it is you want to do."

Thompson has been clean for almost 3 years. Today she's an R.A resident at First Step, helping others battle substance abuse.

"I identify when they come in cause I was once an addict," she shares.

Sheree says her faith guided her to a new purpose.

"Today I find myself doing something so much more productive positive, better, and better than that."

And for those fighting substance abuse, Sheree Thompson has this advice.

"I want to let them know there is hope and you can recover. You can get some help if you want it and you are willing to do so."