Oct 5
  • Written By Ashley Jo Brewer

  • #124 – Markisha Dryden

    #124 - Markisha Dryden

    Losing Parental Rights: Mom Gets Sober Following 7 CPS Cases

    Markisha Dryden’s story is one that truly shows that we do recover. Being born to parents who struggled with substance abuse, Markisha was the youngest of three kids raised primarily by her grandmother. 

    After being introduced to crystal meth by a boyfriend, her story includes having multiple children, jail, check fraud, abuse, multiple cases with child protective services, losing parental rights, and placing a child for adoption. 

    After attending 20 recovery programs, something finally changed for Markisha. Today she is happy, healthy, and sober, and she’s been able to begin restoring relationships with her children and her husband.

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    Ashley Jo Brewer

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    Ashley Jo is one of the producers of The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast team. With over a decade of experience working with C-level executives and directing corporate training events, she brings extensive production experience to Lionrock. In early 2020, she made a significant career change and stepped into the realm of podcasting.

    Her recovery experience includes substance abuse, codependency, grief and loss, and sexual assault and trauma. Ashley Jo enjoys supporting others in recovery by connecting with people and being a leader. She shared her story in Season 3, Episode 92 of The Courage to Change.