Sept. 28, 2022 – There was the time, a few years later, when her boyfriend died of a heroin overdose during one of their binges.

“I moved back in with my mom and didn’t use heroin or crack anymore,” she said. “I thought I could drink my pain away.”

There was the time, in December 2018, when she got drunk on vodka while baking Christmas cookies, took her mother’s truck and blacked out at the wheel.

“I totaled the truck and smashed a bunch of cars,” she said.

Those brushes with tragedy are why the 43-year-old Jackson native, who has been clean for two years, tells her story to anyone who will listen. She tells it to others in addiction recovery and she is telling it to her hometown newspaper to spread a message of hope.


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