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Mother overcomes drugs, alcohol for baby girl

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A Lubbock mother is thriving 15 months after finding out she was pregnant and quitting drugs and alcohol on the spot. 

"I just want to do this right. I want to be a good mom for her. The best mom I can be" Rainne De Lemos said. 

A baby is born addicted to drugs every 15 minutes in the United States, according to the CDC. Thanks to a mountainous decision by her mom, six-month-old Serena was not one of them. 

"I just immediately put the drug down. It just didn't taste the same anymore. I felt like if I put this in my body this is poisoning my baby and I don't want anything to happen to her," De Lemos said. 

De Lemos started doing drugs when she was 18. It began with drinking and using marijuana, things she thought were harmless at the time. Those habits, combined with hanging out in the wrong crowd, turned into to hard drugs and depression. 

"I was so involved in these relationships and drugs that I just lost myself... I lost my interests. I was slowly losing myself," De Lemos said. 

In December of 2018, De Lemos felt something was off. She took a pregnancy test, expecting a negative result. 

"That was a huge, like, slap in the face of reality," De Lemos said. 

Unlike many similar stories, De Lemos was able to quit drugs and alcohol cold turkey that day. She left behind bad influences and abusive relationships, went to counseling and joined Alcoholics Anonymous.

"It was a struggle to get that craving out of my system. It was a lot of loneliness as well because I couldn't hang out with the same people," she said. 

While De Lemos had to leave some friends behind, others stepped up in a big way on her road to recovery. One was her childhood best friend.

"I finally reached out to her, 'Hey... I'm recovering from drugs and I'd like to reconnect with you and we just kinda went back where we left off. It was like nothing happened," De Lemos said. 

Baby Serena was born in the summer of 2019, perfectly healthy.

"She's a very smiley baby. She's very happy," De Lemos said. 

With support from family, friends, and professional help, De Lemos is back in school at Texas Tech. She studies community, family and addiction sciences. De Lemos hopes to become a counselor for those who experience addiction and help them out of the dark place she once knew so well. 

"You're not alone," De Lamos said. "Be open, be honest, be vulnerable to someone that you can trust." 

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