Dope Girl: A story of addiction. A mother's struggle and the baby girl she left behind.

Dope Girl: A story of addiction. A mother's struggle and the baby girl she left behind.

by Kimberly D. Mathis


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Born a dope baby, I became a college graduate, a mother of three, an entrepreneur, an Income Tax professional and an NFL wife. I was raised in the 80’s and 90’s amid the crack cocaine epidemic, the worst and deadliest drug surge the United States had ever seen that plagued predominantly low-income African American communities. This is a story of how the cheap drug caused devastating effects not only to the addict we come to know as Rose, but also to me, Rose’s youngest child.

Almost every encounter we have with a person who suffers from addiction focuses primarily on their failed attempts to achieve sobriety, a typical life of crime to support their habit, and in some positive cases, their re-acclimation back into society and the monstrous task of maintaining a drug free life. We almost never dissect what the family of an addict experiences. I felt moved to write this book to offer a deep and personal look into how drug addiction has detrimental effects on the family members of addicts as well, particularly their children. This is my story. Let’s rummage through every human emotion from fear and terror, to hope and despair, and finally freedom. This book will help you embrace your own life’s challenges and learn to shed the shame of circumstances you couldn’t or can’t control, as you navigate how to live with other people’s choices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578461946
Publisher: Phoenix Firm, LLC
Publication date: 05/20/2019
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 1,220,998
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Kimberly D. Mathis is a native of Dallas, Texas and a 1996 honors graduate of Skyline High School. After graduation, she went on to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce on a full academic scholarship awarded through the prestigious Roger Alsabrook Foundation. At Texas A&M-Commerce, she was a frequent affiliate of the Dean's List and a member of the Lions co-ed cheer squad. In 1998 she became a proud member of the prominent Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and earned 3rd place honors for Outstanding Undergraduate Chapter President in the South-Central Region. Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in the Spring of 2000. Immediately following, she entered the workforce as a Research Analyst for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Plano, Texas and served as assistant marketing director for the COMDEX Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001. Pulling on her corporate experience and business education, she became a member of the Women of Influence, Incorporated Conference Executive Board and Sponsorship Committee Chairman.
Later in 2003, she would launch her entrepreneurial passions and become a franchisee co-owner of Wings-To-Go. In 2006 she earned a Texas Realtors License before taking a position as an income tax professional at Income Tax Specialists in Dallas, Texas. Kim has been a registered preparer with the Internal Revenue Service since 2006 and currently owns and operates her own income tax service, The Tax Lady. She also serves as Vice President of the Kevin Mathis Foundation, a nonprofit charity founded in 2004 that focuses on youth empowerment, building stronger communities and providing support for families affected by drug addiction. She lives in Colleyville, Texas and is married to her college sweetheart and former NFL defensive back, Kevin Mathis. They are the proud parents of three children, Kennedy, Kaleb and Kole. She enjoys interior design, traveling, writing and a good book.

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