His mother was physically there, but mentally and emotionally she was not. Ellis recalls, “I knew there was something wrong with my Mom, I knew something was different, I just didn’t know what it was.” Ellis now knows that his mother was suffering from drug addiction. An addiction that caused her to, at times, “mentally not be there” remembered Ellis. “I once came home from school and our furniture was gone…my mom sold it for drugs.” At a young age Ellis began to seek attention outside of the home, “Music was my outlet, I didn’t recognize it at first, I wasn’t an athlete like other kids my age, but I found my place in the world with music.” Ellis, now 25, knows that his childhood was different but not uncommon.
The person addicted to drugs is rarely the only person affected by the disease. “Drug addiction directly affects everyone involved, family relationships change, friendships change and the disease slowly changes every aspect of your life.” Fortunately, even during those tough years of addiction, Ellis and his mother had a strong bond. “Even at her darkest moments my mom was still a good mom, even if she went out on Saturday night she was there to wake me up and make me go to church on Sunday.” Locally known as “The Street Pastor” Ellis shares his story with anyone who will listen. He understands how “blessed” his family is to be where they are today. “The services provided through the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board are effective, my mother is a prime example of what treatment can do,” stated Ellis.
“Now I can look at my mother and see her for the great person she is, and that person shines brighter than the dark past of addiction.” Ellis now works with Radio One as the Public Affairs Director and creates messages that children can relate to about the importance of being drug-free and the danger of sexually transmitted diseases. With his group, Slingshot Media Group, Ellis now shares his love for music with cities across the country. During each tour stop Slingshot Media Group makes it a priority to serve the community by helping at homeless shelters, participating in food drives, etc. “I can only use my experience to show the world that you can overcome your bad days if you trust in God and believe that better days are ahead.” Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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