“I never thought that I was college material,” said 36-year-old Brittany Morris.
“I graduated from Midland High School in 2000 and was 5 months pregnant at the time.
Throughout my 20s, I was addicted to drugs. It just didn’t seem like college was
an option for someone like me.”
Morris remembered back to that day in 2014 when she met with a Midland College advisor,
whom she said believed in her enough to help her with her college application and
financial aid paperwork.
“I thought that if she believed I could be successful in college, maybe she was right,”
stated Morris. “However, I had a lot of self-doubt and even after the first semester,
I had to make myself register for the next semester. I was determined to prove to
my kids that if I did it, they can also do it.”
The “kids” to which Brittany refers are her 18-year-old stepson Greg, 17-year-old
son Kyle and 15-year-old son Brady—all of whom enjoy spending time with Brittany and
her husband Scotty. The couple have been married for 11 years. The family enjoys
going to movies and barbecuing in the backyard. However, life hasn’t always been
so idyllic for Brittany Morris.
“My parents divorced when I was 4,” explained Morris. “Being a single mom, my mother
worked all the time and was rarely home. My father was a welder in the oilfield and
was an alcoholic. He is now in recovery, but addiction to drugs and alcohol runs in
While in high school, Morris took cosmetology classes and then worked as a cosmetologist
for 4 years. This was during the time that she was suffering from drug addiction.
In 2004, she entered a rehabilitation facility in Odessa for 45 days; however, once
she was out, she soon reverted to her old habits of drug use. Then, in 2009, she
entered a facility for 90 days in San Antonio. She said that she had one more relapse
after leaving the San Antonio facility, but has now managed to stay clean for the
past seven years.
“I never believed that I could accomplish things—like becoming sober, going to college
or having a professional career,” explained Morris. “When I tried to recover in the
past, I was always trying to do it for the wrong reasons. I finally decided that
I had to get sober for myself. My husband and children deserve a healthy wife and
After becoming sober, Morris worked fulltime at a Subway sandwich shop for 2 ½ years.
Then, after much prodding and coaxing, she walked in the doors of Midland College
and asked what she needed to do in order to start taking classes.
“I was first enrolled in the Business Administration program,” recalled Morris. “But,
then I found out about the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling (ADAC) program, and I knew
that was the program where I could make the most impact in people’s lives. I can
relate first-hand to what it’s like to have an addiction. Recovery is tough; I want
to help people who are suffering just like I was.”
Morris said that the ADAC program has given her the opportunity to obtain a meaningful
career. Before becoming a licensed counselor, Morris will spend 4,000 clock hours
as a counselor intern.
“I want to work in an addiction facility, preferably in the out-patient unit,” said
Morris. “I’d like to help people as they are recovering and transitioning back into
On May 11, Brittany Morris, the woman who graduated from high school 5 months pregnant,
spent most of her 20s as a drug addict and didn’t think she was “college material,”
will graduate from Midland College with an Associate of Applied Science degree.