Meth Users Talk About Recovery

Meth Users Talk About Recovery

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MOBILE, Ala. -

Two stories of recovery, from two people who were hooked on meth.

Donna Parker became an addict when she lost her son to the drug. He was involved in a meth lab explosion, and spent two months in the hospital before he died.

That's when Donna turned to the same drug that took her son's life.

"I was not even able to go see him in the hospital without being high," she says.

After five years of using, the time came where she had to make a life or death decision.

"I literally tried to kill myself on this drug."

Donna went through detox for 12 days, then checked herself into an outpatient program, and the road to recovery wasn't easy.

"Detox was really kind of hard on me. I went through the shakes, I went through the sweats, I went through the emotions."

It's an ongoing process.

"You're never recovered. i'm in recovery."

She goes to weekly narcotics anonymous meetings, and she's been clean now for five years.

It's been 8 months since Donnie Fowler's last hit. Like Donna, he turned to meth in a time of despair.

"My daughter died, and me and my ex-wife got a divorce," he says.

He was hooked for 13 years and lost everything.

"Took my kids, my house, my life."

After living in the woods and spending time in jail, Donnie got help. He joined a church and put himself through detox.

"My body hurt so bad."

It's still a battle, but he shares his story in hopes more users will take the road to recovery.

"f I can do it, anyone can do it."

He also created a Facebook group called, "Meth Watch Mobile" where addicts can lean on each other for support.

Fowler also started a petition, in hopes of getting pseudoephedrine to become a prescription drug. Take a look at the petition by clicking here.

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