Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 23, 2009

Helping moms fight addictions

VALDOSTA — Telesha Thomas said her problems started gradually, imperceptibly. There was no magic moment at which she realized she had a problem with alcohol.

“For a long time, I didn’t think I had a problem. It took a while to realize it,” she said.

Thomas said that life has been a lot better since entering the Pines Family Campus. The 37-year-old said February will make a year she has been at the residential facility for people with alcohol and drug addiction problems and their families.

The only girl in a family with three siblings, Thomas said she didn’t have to share with her brothers.

“When I got something, it was mine. My brothers didn’t play with it, and so I was used to having my way,” she said.

She said she has now learned that her problems “had a lot to do with being selfish and self-centered and thinking the world revolved around me.”

“I did something one day and realized it was real selfish,” she admitted.

Thomas said that she could not let go of things that happened in the past. They played over and over in her mind like a recording.

“I felt depressed and turned to alcohol,” she said.

She sought help and found it at the Pines Family Campus.

Funded through the Department of Human Resource’ Division of Addictive Diseases and the Department of Community Affairs, the Pines Family Campus at 305 Smith Ave., off Madison Highway, is fairly new.

Completed in 2006, the campus consists of nine two-bedroom apartments and 19 three-bedroom apartments in low-density duplexes surrounded by a rolling grassy lawn and connected by clean, broad streets. The main hub of activity is the 4,600-square-foot supportive services building.

With security fencing and a controlled access entry, evening security from 5 p.m. -8 a.m., a playground and large playing field, washer and dryer hookups, ceiling fans, dishwashers and disposals, the campus could be described as being amenities rich.

Text Only
Local News
  • 072514-MoodyComp007.jpg Moody AFB crews race in load competition

    Moody Air Force Base hosted a weapons load competition Friday morning, a maintenance group tradition in which two 23d Maintenance Group A-10 munition load crews raced against the clock to load munitions onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • moonshine bust.jpg Police close illegal drinking house

    After receiving numerous complaints, the Valdosta Police Department shut down an illegal alcohol sales operation Friday.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • election.jpg Black earns most votes in runoff

    State Rep. Ellis Black led the votes for state Senate District 8 Friday with seven of seven counties reporting certified results, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140724-LAT1.jpg Little Actors Theatre ready for summer show

    Since 2004, the Little Actors Theatre has provided a place for children ages 6 to 19 to express themselves through acting.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072414-MichelleNunn003.jpeg Michelle Nunn visits Valdosta

    The day after learning that her Republican challenger would be David Perdue, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn kicked off her Common Sense and Collaboration Tour Wednesday by meeting with business owners in Atlanta, Athens and Macon and continued her tour Thursday morning by visiting the David S. Waller Unit facility of the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • lunch.jpg Valdosta One Lunch feeds summer-hungry kids

    Hunger is a concept that many people associate with third-world countries, not their hometown. However, in Valdosta, hunger is real. To combat this hunger, a group of Valdostans have created Valdosta One Lunch, a program that distributes bagged meals to children in need.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • thumbs up.jpeg Moody squadron commander reaches milestone

    The 75th Fighter Squadron commander hit a career milestone July 17, by surpassing 3,000 flight hours in an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • water.jpg New equipment expected to deal with Lowndes water violations

    The Lowndes County Commission’s recent approval of $1.6 million for water-treatment equipment is expected to counter a past series of water-quality violations within the county.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 142314-Goodwill.jpg Goodwill hosts the Mexican Consulate

    Mexican citizens living in South Georgia have spent this week lining up at the Valdosta Goodwill to meet with the Mexican Consulate to obtain Mexican government issued identification.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723-Tree001.jpg Chamber plants 100th centennial tree

    Founded in September 1912, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

School starts again in about two weeks. What do you think?

It's still summer. School starts too soon.
Seems like the right time to return.
Abolish summer recess. Make school year-round.
     View Results