Woman Credits This State’s Time Limit On Welfare Benefits To Pulling Herself Out Of Poverty
It’s impossible to chronicle Jill Rothrock’s life in one brief article, especially of someone who hit rock bottom only to emerge triumphant. Her story is one of human endurance, and that one inescapable quality within the human spirit “hope.”
Which began in 2007 when Rothrock went to pick up a prescription drug that she had called into the pharmacy herself, and was arrested by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Rothrock, now 44 and a mother of two daughters, had been battling addiction for more than 20 years.
That arrest proved to be the catalyst in turning her life around, by enrolling herself in Maine’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, and working to find a full-time job.
Now, nearly a decade later, she’s transitioned off of public assistance and has a full-time job working for the state, a change she attributes in part to the 60-month time limit enacted by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, in 2012.
No doubt Jill Rothrock story is an inspiration, for all, as she chronicles her battle with drugs and alcohol beginning at the age of 12, to adulthood.
At first, it started with liquor and then moved on to pot, she told The Daily Signal. Later, as Rothrock progressed through her high school years, her grades dropping from As to Cs and Ds, she began to get into harder drugs: cocaine and painkillers, Vicodin, specifically, after a dentist prescribed Rothrock medicine after having dental work done.
“I was trying to get out of my reality,” she said. “The painkillers helped me achieve that. I spent the next I don’t know how many years looking for painkillers, and I came up with any excuse to get them.”
h/t: Daily Signal