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A Look At Addicts In Recovery 3 Months Later
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Chris Mazivanhanga, Larry Clark
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Feb. 15, 2012 6:23 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 16, 2012 3:39 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Larry Michaels is singing the blues, the relapse on his guitar at Prestera Mental Health Services in Huntington.
"It's going to kill me, I've been drinking for 30 years." Michaels has been in recovery off and on since 1986.
"Alcohol has been my best friend most of my life. It's like giving up a brother. Something I always relied on but it turned into my worst enemy," says Michaels.
Like Larry, Amanda fuller battles addiction, not alcohol, but pain killers. Her story is different. She's been drug free for a year and with help from Prestera's recovery program, her life has changed dramatically in three months.
"I got my G.E.D. and I'm going to college," says Fuller. "It's a feeling of accomplishment."
Kim Rader, an opiate addict has a similar story. Rader is beating the odds, but it takes work. "Thanks to the 12 step program, a higher power and stepping away from trigger points, I'm doing better."
While most of those we revisited are on the right path, there's still Larry Michaels, the face of an addict who has all the tools to get better, but still taking it day by day.
Anyone with addiction problems should realize there is help available in our region, through Prestera or other agencies.
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