Whitney Johnson and Jeremy Rhoades hold each other in the parking lot outside of First Baptist Church in Logan, Ohio, before Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-based support group for recovering addicts. Whitney and Jeremy are well known in Logan, Ohio, where Whitney says they were “the worst of the worst” when it came to the addicts in town, but right now they’re both clean and trying to stay that way.
Whitney smirks as she talks to Jeremy during a Celebrate Recovery meeting. Jeremy was under house arrest at the time, and the meeting was the first time the couple had seen each other since Jeremy moved into the sober house.
Whitney and Jeremy hold hands during a church service. Both credit God's support as a driving force in their recovery and look to Him when they need strength.
Whitney, Jeremy, and Chelsea participate in worship at The Grace Place. Whitney requires that anyone staying at her house goes to church when she does, so Chelsea tagged along for the evening service.
Whitney hugs Jeremy after his baptism by Pastor Bruce Livingston, left, and Whitney's adoptive father, Larry Swart, right. Jeremy has known Pastor Livingston since he was a child and sees him as a sort of father figure.
Whitney jokes with her adoptive sister, Angel Swart, while Jeremy and his children, Vada and Aiden, sit with them at a picnic table after Jeremy's baptism. Whitney met her adoptive parents, Larry and Karen Swart, through a jail ministry program when she was incarcerated. Larry helped Whitney find God, and brought her home to live with his wife and their children when Whitney was released.
A note from Jeremy’s daughter Vada hangs on the fridge. Whitney says that Vada is Jeremy’s favorite.
Jeremy kisses his daughter Paisley after putting her hair up in a ponytail. Paisley is Jeremy’s youngest, and he sees her the most because she often stays with his mother.
Paisley rolls around on the couch, trying to get attention from Whitney and her friend Melissa.
A stuffed animal that Paisley left out in the rain dries off on top of a discarded air conditioning unit.
Whitney and Jeremy hold hands as they talk by the river after Jeremy's baptism. Whitney let Jeremy get baptized in the same spot she had been just a year earlier, which was very special to her.
Whitney and her friend Chelsea carry Jeremy's daughter Paisley into the house in her stroller after going to watch the Logan Christmas parade. Whitney and Jeremy each have four children, none of whom live with them. Whitney is unable to visit with her children, and has taken up a maternal role with Jeremy's kids.
Whitney sleeps at her desk at JR’s Transmission. Whitney was putting in long hours at the shop and hadn’t been sleeping much.
Whitney hugs her adoptive sister, Angel, at their family's property off of old route 33 near Nelsonville, Ohio. Whitney met Angel's parents through a jail ministry program and they took her in when she was released from jail. She later moved out and returned to an abusive husband, but after getting clean and starting a new relationship she was able to return to her adoptive family's home to visit for the first time in months.
Whitney and Jeremy sit on the couch after an argument. Whitney was angry with Jeremy for getting sent to the sober house and leaving her alone, which sparked more fights than normal in their relationship.
Whitney sits in the sunlight that flows into her living room through the open door. She says that the house, which has only one small window, sometimes feels like a jail cell. Whitney dreams of eventually leaving Logan and living on Larry and Karen's farm in Nelsonville.