Nov. 24, 2021 – “Seeing Mom going through rehab and jail, it made me feel like I was alone,” Smith said. “My anger kept building up, and I didn’t know. I felt worthless. I felt like this was my new life. I didn’t think there was any way to fix anything.”

But, Barringer knew she wanted to get better.

“As a single mom, I wanted to prove to my boys that they deserved a life just like everyone else,” Barringer said with tears in her eyes.

Smith stood by her side as she recovered.

“Levi came around and got to see there were other women and moms like me and that there were other children who loved their mom just like he did and that it was OK to still love me,” Barringer said.

However, she knew Smith was still struggling.

“It wasn’t so much about the drugs or alcohol. It was about that hurt under that,” Barringer explained.