Natasha struggled with substance use disorder after a surgery where she was prescribed painkillers, coupled with the fact that she was battling extreme grief from losing her brother, mother, husband, best friend, and grandma–all within a short period of time.

Eventually, Natasha realized she needed help and checked into a treatment facility. However, she lost her job and insurance a few days after starting treatment. Natasha contemplated leaving the facility, but at the same time, she feared that if she did, she would relapse. That’s when an Emily’s Hope treatment scholarship came into play.

Natasha and Angela