The POWER of Community – Courtneay's Story

Hello, my name is Courtneay and I am a Mother in Recovery ...

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Before I came into Mothers Recovery Tribe I was confused, scared and felt alone. I was in my second year of recovery and overwhelmed by being a new mother. Prior to coming into recovery I was a chronic relapser that was so closed off to working a full set of steps and found it very hard to accept others and make connections.

I stayed lost and sick for along time.

Using drugs IV, not taking care of my body, using my body to make money, did crime and got into many unhealthy relationships. In and out of the hospital for infections and overdose, every time I thought I was done, I’d use again only to find the consequences worse and worse each time.

One day I got down on my knees and and prayed to God, I wasn’t sure who I was praying to but I pleaded out for help desperately like never before. I left an abusive relationship to a man I loved. I left it all behind and checked into detox. Back there again I felt hurt and cried as I couldn’t even stand up straight and my skin was picked so badly I was in pain.

I got better there and started to feel clear again. I felt hope and strength for the first time. I kept praying. I decided to move to New Westminster and went to a treatment centre to work the 12 steps, go to meetings and build a foundation for my life for the first time. I was happy and made connections with other women! I felt confident. While I was in treatment I had received news that the man I left prior to recovery had passed away. I didn’t run, I stayed and let other women nurture me while I began to heal.

A few months after I finished treatment, I found out I was pregnant. I was scared but also very excited. All I’ve ever wanted was to be a mother. It was hard in the beginning because his father and I didn’t see eye to eye. With the support of my friends and God, I got through it and started my pregnancy journey.

Mother’s Recovery Tribe face-to-face meetups started right when I needed it the most as I had just delivered my son Calvin at with his father by our sides. I instantly felt loved and nurtured. I could share honestly and not feel judged. I continue to go every Tuesday morning and grew into a confident mother as a result. I’ve found lifetime friends or more like sisters to walk together through this motherhood journey.

I even started having the meeting in my home (with MRT helping with costs) and it is the highlight of my week! I love having my friends over and talking freely about my life without fear of any judgement. A byproduct of this weekly ritual is me and my son are happy, healthy and i have maintained my recovery.

I am SO grateful for Mother’s Recovery Tribe. I do not know how I would have survived motherhood without my Tribe.


Mother’s Recovery Tribe Society exists to empower mothers on ALL paths of recovery with the strength and courage found in each other. MRT needs financial support to continue to provide and increase access to these critical resources for mothers in recovery from addiction, poverty, relationship breakdown and abuse of any kind. We believe that when you help support one mother recover, you help a whole family heal from the affects of addiction. To reach our goal, we need your help.

Send MRT a message today about how YOU can help Mothers Recover From Addiction! OR … if you are a mother only ANY path of recovery from addiction, contact us to Join Our Tribe!

We do recover – but never alone.

Frances Stone is President of Mother’s Recovery Tribe Society and lives her life passionately as an advocate for ALL mothers on ALL pathways of recovery. Frances is a Certified Addictions Counsellor, Author of A Reflection of Love ~ A Different Kind of Love Story and Former Radio Co-Host of Talk Recovery Vancouver, a show about addiction and recovery issues, located in the DTES of Vancouver, BC. Frances Stone’s greatest love and passion is for her three clever, curious and challenging growing tweens & teens!