Name: Ashley Caramez
From: Fort Smith, Arkansas
My Story of Addiction
Hello, my name is Ashley Caramez; I am currently a junior at UAFS in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I am seeking a Bachelor’s degree in BSOL. I work at Tyson Foods and have since released from prison in 2016. This trip was my third trip incarcerated for petty theft and hot checks, but my drug addiction fueled terrible behavior.
I am the youngest of three; my father left when I was five years old and never looked back. Looking for love in all of the wrong places, I quickly turned to drugs at a young age. I was very active in my addiction, with meth being my drug of choice.
Polk County sent me to TVP while waiting on a bed this last trip and introduced to the 12 step program. Convinced that I did not have a problem, I wrote my life story for my counselor. Here is where I discovered that my dad was the root of my addiction, the abandonment issue that I had led me to the older men.
I wrote a letter to my dad, and I was able to get closure and very happy to say that not only am I eight years sober, I now have a relationship with my father. From an addict’s point of view, drugs are never the problem; they are used to mask the pain.