Gabi was raised by her grandparents, Barry and Carole Martin of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. The 24-year-old has been happily married for six months and sober for four years, but the pretty wedding picture below is one that Barry and Carole never thought they would find their granddaughter in.
When Gabi was 16 years old, she struggled with acceptance at school, and she turned to pot and pain pills to cope. Gabi had no intention of becoming a druggie; she just thought she’d try it out … but as it does for many, the gateway drug sent her down a slippery slope of addiction that led her to heroin.
Having been a cop for 37 years, Barry could sense something was wrong, and he had an inkling that Gabi was doing some kind of drugs—but he had no idea just how bad it was.
When Gabi was found OD’d on a Cincinnati street corner, her grandparents knew they had to get involved.
They put her in a treatment program that ultimately failed, and Gabi’s heroin addiction only got worse. She dropped out of college and beauty school, gave up her grandparents’ car, tore up an apartment, and ripped off drug dealers.
Gabi hit rock bottom at 20 when she pawned $8,000 worth of her grandma’s jewelry to get her next fix.
Though it pained him to do so, Barry knew he had to have his own granddaughter arrested.
Her fourth arrest ended up being the turning point that Gabi needed to get her life back on track. She attended another treatment program for 16 months, this time with success.
When she got home, her grandparents welcomed her with open arms, and now she can proudly say she’s been sober for four years thanks to the tough love she didn’t know she so desperately needed. With her restored family relationships, a supportive hubby and a totally sober lifestyle, Gabi is living proof that it’s never too late to redeem the brokenness in your life.
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