I think he's familiar with Belinda
Belinda, one of Born Free's first patients, appreciates that open-ended help. "I've gotten my life back," she says, "and now I can deal with things that occur. Before, I was drugged out and sick of life. I was at pretty much the bottom. I'd rather be dead than be on drugs again." Before entering the Born Free program, Belinda says, she had struggled with cocaine addiction for about 11 years. After her third child was born exposed to cocaine, Child Protective Services (CPS), as is usual in such cases, took her child away and put Belinda in a six-month treatment program. Belinda relapsed within a year. But when she found out she was about three months pregnant with her fourth child, she came to Born Free upon a CPS referral. Belinda has now been drug-free for six years. She says, "It was a blessing that Dr. Hope Ewing [the Born Free medical director] had a heart to help. She saved my life, and my son's. She gave me a second chance at life."