One of our favorite things to do here at Scoop Media is to give those profiled in our stories the chance to speak for themselves. We welcome anyone wanting to talk to us on the record about their experience.
Today, we are following up on a story we covered a few days ago on Gretchen E. Good in Nashville, Tennessee. Good spoke to me about her arrest.
While she recognizes that her actions are indefensible, Good has been a recovering alcoholic who was sober from October 15, 2018 until very recently when 2020’s garbage fire of a year affected her personally in many ways.
Good told Scoop the Nashville tornado hitting her neighborhood took a mental toll. Seeing the devastation was hard on her sobriety. Her marriage was over. The day of her arrest, Good had signed her divorce papers. She hadn’t wanted to go home after the emotional roller-coaster of a day. So, she drank. In fact, she had been supposed to go to rehab for an intake appointment the day she was arrested. Finalizing the divorce and being arrested delayed that rehab appointment.
Good says she believes she pulled into the school parking lot, because her daughter and her had placed a heart on the door of the school after the tornado hit. It’s still there… She says she looked at the heart on the door as she put the parking brake on in the car and passed out. She’d gone there instead of home.
Good realizes that she cannot undo her actions. She admits she just didn’t have a strong enough hold on her sobriety when everything started going downhill in her life. And, once she started down the rabbit hole, she simply kept falling further.
“I’m really very lucky that no one was hurt [by my actions],” Good said. “I’m so lucky to have friends and family that have supported me through this.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
–If you would like to speak out on your story, contact Tip Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.