Board of Directors
Retired Cook County Probation Officer
Natosha Cuyler Toller
Deputy Director, Judicial Inquiry Board
Retired Probation Administrator
Account manager and person in recovery
Drug Court Graduate, and licensed real estate agent
Vice-President, Platinum Pest Solutions
Hon. Thomas Panichi (ret.)
Retired Cook County Judge
Deputy Bureau Chief, Criminal Division, Cook County State’s Attorneys Office
Hi there my name is Amber and I was, yes, WAS, a drug addict addicted to heroin and also 4 months pregnant. I was alone and lost with 5 other kids waiting for their mom to come home. I knew if I kept getting high I would end up back in jail so that’s what I did because I was at the end of the road with nothing left. I knew jail would be the ONLY thing that could save me and my unborn baby. The judge thought it would be a great thing to have me in a recovery setting to deliver my baby and to still stay in a facility and continue to get the help I needed. I went into the treatment center to the inpatient part. I spent some time there and had the baby and named her Bella. My next problem is I needed to transfer down to the recovery home but I did not know how I would pay for this. I was introduced through my drug court team to Friends of Recovery. What a blessing it was. They paid for my ENTIRE stay. No hassles no issues no questions. If it wasn’t for Friends of Recovery, I don’t know where I would be. I was clean and sober for some time yes, but I was NOT ready to hit the real world yet. I still needed more treatment. See with us addicts most people think great 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, oh they will be ok. NO, we addicts need 6 months or longer locked up or locked down to get our minds right. So I am now a little over one year clean. I am in my father’s house with 5 out of 6 children. I just graduated from my college classes for a community health worker and I am looking for a job. I am so thankful and grateful for Friends of Recovery for all the support and help they gave me without even meeting me in person. Their program is so wonderful and meaningful. I mean, who knows where I would be right now. Dead or in jail, maybe on the streets if it wasn’t for them. And I owe no money back it was all out of the kindness of their hearts to help a stranger drug addict like myself.
THANK YOU FRIENDS OF RECOVERY!