Feb. 15, 2022 – “Pain pills, cocaine … the one that took me the furthest down was meth,” said Dykes.

Dykes continued to struggle with addiction even after her son Addison was born in 2006. 

Addison was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). It’s a progressive muscle weakness disorder.

She said it was hard for her to go to his appointments because it was too much for her.

“I would have to get messed before we went to even handle it,” Dykes said.

She couldn’t face the truth that she had a problem just yet.

“How can you admit something when you don’t really know what’s going on?” said Dykes.

In 2012, Dykes realized she had a major problem and something wasn’t right. The beginning signs of her son’s disorder started to show. She said she would “pawn him off” to her parents.

“This whole time, I thought I was a good mom,” said Dykes.

She said it was a vicious cycle to continue her habit. Without recovery, she would not have mended her relationships with her family.

Dykes wasn’t only in recovery, she was also a domestic violence survivor, and that’s when she said it finally hit her.


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