Teen Mom Jenelle Fighting Marijuana Addiction and to Regain Custody
For many moms, the fight against drug addiction is paralleled by their fight to regain custody of the child or children they lost during active addiction. For Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans, it’s a struggle that she lives in front of the media. She lost custody of her son, Jace, to her mother in full view of the reality TV cameras, but now, she’s in marijuana addiction treatment and working hard to regain her sobriety as well as full custody of her little boy.
Hollywood Life eports that Jenelle says that treatment is helping her to get closer to becoming the mother that her son wants and deserves.
Jenelle told the magazine: “I’m doing everything in the right direction. I’ve learned how to control my anger.”
Recognizing Obstacles to Recovery
Some believe that one of Jenelle’s biggest problems is her choices in companionship. Her ex-boyfriend, Kieffer Delp, has been in and out of jail and some say that their relationship encouraged Jenelle to begin smoking marijuana in the first place and may have contributed to the development of her addiction. The hope is that she’ll make choices in future relationships that prioritize her son and minimize her chances of relapse.
This is a common problem among women in recovery. Boyfriends or partners who abuse drugs are one of the biggest reasons that women ultimately relapse and find themselves again in need of treatment – and in some cases, in front of a judge as well.
Fighting Obstacles to Custody
Women in recovery who are ready to regain custody may find that many in authority positions disagree. It may be necessary to prove to a judge, a case manager, or Child Protective Services (CPS) that you have secured and maintained a job that can support your child, that you have a home that will serve your child and be safe, and that you have adequate child care and transportation that makes sure that they always have access to the care that they need.
In Jenelle’s case, her mother, Barbara Evans, has full custody and reportedly doesn’t feel that her daughter is yet ready to take on the responsibility of full-time parenting.
She told Hollywood Life: “Jenelle continues to struggle with motherhood.”
But she went on to say: “I can never give up on my daughter, and it’s important to me that Jace has a close relationship with his mom.”
In the end, Jenelle’s success in regaining custody of Jace will come when she successfully fights marijuana addiction. Other mothers in the same position will find that their success is no more complicated than that.
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