Haley’s Story


“Addiction does not discriminate at all.”

Haley had a happy, carefree life growing up. She had a good family, lots of friends and was involved in sports and cheerleading at school.

That all changed when she was raped by her high school volleyball coach. Ashamed and confused, Haley quit everything. She lost her friends. She stopped talking to her parents. And she joined a gang at age 15.

Gang life led to an eight-year heroin addiction, involvement with organized crime, the birth of a son who she gave up to her parents at age 1, and finally, prison time.

“I hit rock bottom and started digging.”

Coming out of prison, she went into the drug treatment program and counseling at The Salvation Army.

“The Salvation Army is, for me, an answered prayer.”

Being in the program, Haley has met people who’ve been through similar circumstances and difficulties, so she knows she isn’t alone.

“It took a long time to get to this point, but I’m thankful … I’m blessed that I did. I don’t regret anything I’ve been through at all. I think things happen for a reason. If I can help somebody else … if it means my own son doesn’t have to go through what I did … then it was worth it.”

“It’s a living and learning experience. I’ve learned from it, and I’m ready to live now.”