DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- After 16 months of sobriety, Ashley Evans told guests at the White House National Day of Prayer ceremony that everything is falling into place.
A guest of First Lady Melania Trump’s, this is Ashley Evans second invitation to Washington D.C. The First Lady has followed Evans’ story as part of her platform to fight against the opioid epidemic and educate people about children born with addiction.
At the podium during the ceremony, Evans said, “I would just like to say that finding God saved my life.”
She told 2 News that she spoke about the importance of faith at Thursday’s ceremony.
“Through prayer and through God I’ve been able to reunite with her and to be a mom again,” Evans said.
Evans recently regained custody of her daughter after reaching a sobriety milestone. During her first visit to the capital, she was not yet in custody of her daughter.
“I’m being recognized for being able to recover but also today I felt like people saw me as a mother,” Evans said.
Evans struggled with heroin addiction for years. When she found out she was pregnant, she sought out help from Brigid’s Path, the state’s only newborn recovery center.
After her appearance at President Trump’s State of the Union address in February, Evans hopes her second visit to the White House won’t be the last.
“I think by me being brave enough to share my story, it’s going to bring more opportunity my way,” Evans said.
Evans wants to bring the hope of recovery to people who are struggling to find it.
“I think by them recognizing me today, that hope was given to at least somebody. It’s 100 percent possible to live a better sober life,” Evans said.
Evans has invited the First Lady to visit Brigid’s Path here in Kettering. She also hopes to continue meeting with recovery groups in the Miami Valley and across the country.