Former addict commemorates seven-year anniversary of prison release

The left picture is a prison mug shot of Rocky Meadows. The right picture is him today. (Courtesy: Rocky Meadows)

Rocky Meadows of Huntington calls December 7th Freedom Day, because seven years ago he was released from prison for the last time. He has been arested 37 times and has spent a total of ten years in prison on charges he says were related to his addiction to crack cocaine and heroin.

"I haven't cried in a while and I have several times. This morning I am just grateful that I am not stuck in addiction anymore. The hopelessness you feel is terrible so I am very very grateful today," Meadows said.

He said God helped him kick his drug habit.

"I was tired of using," he said. "I didn't know how to stop. I didn't know there was a solution or an answer and that God can touch my life personally and have the power to do that and I found that in jail."

These days he and his wife, who also is a recovering addict, run Life House Ministries in Huntington. Meadows started the facility one year after being released from prison.

"When I hear Rocky speak, he is telling my life story. Everything he says resonates with me," said B.J. Thompson, one of 110 residents at Life House Ministries trying to kick their drug habits.

Thompson said if Meadows can beat his addiction, he knows he can too.

"I'm here to tell you that you are not a bad person trying to be good. You're a sick person who needs to get well and we'll help you," Meadows said.

That perhaps may make it possible one day for the drug user to celebrate freedom from addiction just like Meadows.

December 7th is also special for Meadows for another reason. This morning he closed on Life House Ministries' 10th house for recovering addicts.

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