Martha Zamora loves bonding with her 10-month-old son, Maximus. A few years ago, though, Zamora was a heroin addict.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) -- Martha Zamora loves bonding with her 10-month-old son, Maximus.
A few years ago, though, Zamora was a heroin addict.
"I was out there literally out on the street,” she said.
Zamora told News 4 San Antonio when she was addicted she went to a hospital to detox and that's when she learned she was pregnant with her son.
"I didn't even know I was pregnant,” she said. “They couldn't help me so I had to leave.”
Zamora says she called several facilities to try and get clean, but she was told they couldn't help her because she was pregnant.
Zamora kept calling and eventually found the Center for Health Care Services Mommies Program.
Licensed chemical dependency counselor, Alice Santacruz, says a lot of time moms who are on drugs turn to the program when they have no other place to go. They all want the help, but they just don't know where to start.
"We work with them throughout their pregnancy, after delivery of the baby and even a year afterwards for recovery support,” said Santacruz.
The program not only give the moms the treatment they need to get off drugs, but also provides counseling services, parenting classes, life skills and emotional support.
Zamora stopped using heroin two years ago and she credits the Mommies Program for that.
"I'm not gonna give up now,” said Zamora. Zamora is taking life day by day. She's wanting to be the best mom she can to Maximus and her 8-year-old son being raised by her parents. She wants to go back to school and become a counselor.
By sharing her story, Zamora wants others who may be in a similar situation to know this advice: "When all you're thinking about is that one fix, you know and the next fix after…Just remember that there is help out there.”
For screening and enrollment in the Mommies Program call 210-246-1300.
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