Fighting for Recovery
Anger came easily to Marquita. When she was an infant, her mother was unable to care for her. She became a ward of the court and was raised by her ultra-strict grandparents. By age 9, Marquita had had enough of their restrictions and spent much of her time on the streets with friends, drinking and smoking.
Marquita became addicted to methamphetamine in her teens. “Once life started coming on,” she says, “I lacked the skills to break away from addiction.”
At 21, Marquita gave birth to a baby girl. Fueled by drugs and unresolved anger, she frequently fought in public, once receiving a stab wound. A concerned friend told her about Prototypes. Marquita and her daughter stayed briefly at the Pomona Women’s Center, but she soon left, drifting back into drugs. One day, her little girl pleaded, “Mommy, I want to go back to that place.” Marquita realized that she did, too.
During their second stay at Prototypes’ Pomona facility, Marquita fully embraced the individual and group therapy offered to her and took classes such as Internal Change. “They give you tools to recover and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” she says.
Having her child with her was a motivating and healing factor for Marquita. “I had inflicted my chaos on my daughter,” she says. “Prototypes taught me to let go of that chaos and also how to communicate on her level.”
Today, Marquita and her daughter make their home at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Family Living Center at Prototypes. Marquita works at a charter school for troubled teens and keeps a daily journal that helps her stay on a positive course. Her daughter is in elementary school and thriving.
“I used to fight for my addiction,” Marquita says. “Now, with Prototypes’ help, I’m fighting for my recovery.”