Amy, twenty-six, a resident at VIP Community Services has been clean for four months and on methadone for two years. Born and raised in a tiny town in Maine, she started using heroin at ten, influenced by older friends. As a teenager she "got beat up, shot up, and left in a ditch." She ended up spending four years in Juvie.
She was hit by a Mack truck while returning from a trip to Florida. From her settlement she gave 25K to her boyfriend, who used the entire lot of it on drugs. Soon after he was murdered for drugs. "My boyfriend was killed by a shotgun. He was overkilled, shot in the head and the stomach. I thought I was going to spend my life with him."
Amy moved to New York and fell into crack. "I loved crack more than I loved myself." Amy turned to prostitution, originally pulling in $150 per half hour, but as her crack addiction worsened, she was turning tricks for whatever. She has been kidnapped, raped, and beaten on the streets. She has no children, since she has an IUD, "It's better to not bring a child into this world of chaos, and don't get me wrong, I want children."
"God brought me to New York. After VIP I want to stay in New York, to help other people, maybe work in a hospital. I need to learn how to be single and to love myself."