Experts say methamphetamines are the hardest drugs to stop using. Though some are lucky enough to recover and tell their story. NewsChannel 11 introduces you to a recovered meth addict. She's made a choice to remain anonymous so we'll call her Sandy.
"It was just some thing I had to do and I can't really explain why I had to have it but I would lay in bed all day and couldn't move if I couldn't have it because I couldn't function without it," describes Sandy. It's the life of a meth addict, four years ago Sandy was dependent on meth, physically and emotionally bankrupt. "I smoked meth I didn't snort it," she explains. An addiction that began in her early twenties.
Sandy worked nights at a local bar, networking with meth users. "Our party time was during the day time so we would drink during the day and at night we would have to have the meth to stay awake," she says.
Sandy became so dependent on meth that she used up to $300 worth a day. "The lowest point I guess was when I opened my eyes one morning and realized I've got a serious problem," she recalls. It was her situation until she got arrested for forgery and served probation, a punishment that saved her life.
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"I encouraged her and instructed her to get help or that's going to be the consequence for your action is doing time for your crime," says Renee Cage, Sandy's probation officer. Renee gave her an ultimatum: give up the meth or go to jail. "She was in denial, and she didn't want to admit she had a problem," says Renee.
"I think I knew in the bottom of my heart that I had a problem but I wasn't willing to admit that," says Sandy. She didn't want to admit that she was addicted to meth for four years, an addiction that took more than two years of counseling and living in a halfway house to treat. "It's just part of doing the right thing and staying clean, what normal people do everyday it takes a long time for us to get it, you know," she says.
Sandy is now married with two children, has a successful career and most importantly she's been meth free for four years. "I think I would either be in jail, dead or in a mental institution," she reveals, if she hadn't come clean.
Sandy now volunteers with alcoholics anonymous, helping others battle what she went through. If you have a problem with any drug she urges you to seek help.
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