Meth Recovery A Difficult Task

By: Danielle Morgan
By: Danielle Morgan

They say they're on the road to recovery but the reality is it rarely happens.

We've seen images of meth addicts deteriorating before our eyes in national campaigns.

One woman, who was addicted to several drugs, including OxyContin and meth is reversing the effect. We introduced you to Tina Combs last year as one of the few meth addicts who was trying to stay in the five percent who actually recover from the drug.

But just four months after our interview, she was back in jail and says she got hooked on an old drug.

Now, we can see first hand why drug experts say 95-percent of meth addicts never recover. You can't believe just how hard Tina's road has been and it still isn't over.

WYMT remembers Tina barely alive after a drug overdose, she struggled not to shake and tried to stay focused during her recovery in 2005 at Cardinal Hill Hospital.

Seeing her now is an amazingly different sight. She's healthy, she's eight months pregnant with a drug-free baby, and has a new horizon.

Until two months ago, nothing had really changed. She says she didn't even realize that she was an addict.

Four months after our interview, Tina was back in jail after failing a drug test in court.

"I Just started back doing things I done before. It was legal because it was prescribed to me but I was still doing things I shouldn't," Tina said.

Tina says she was prescribed 120 milligrams of methadone a day, plus collonapins, another painkiller, those are the very drugs she was addicted to before she was introduced to the meth and OxyContin that nearly killed her.

"I couldn't even take them all, I would distribute and I'd give some of my friends some, still trying to fit in with them," Tina said.

Some drug counselors say going back home can be the hardest and worst thing for a recovering addict because it's often the drug environment where the addiction began. Through Tina's eyes, rehab was seen as turning her back on her friends and family.

"You give up a lot when you go to rehab, you have a lot of criticizing," Tina said.

Tina says she reluctantly came to healing rain by a court order, but it's when she reads the journal her sister kept while she was in a coma that she realizes how lucky she is to have the chance to be here and now she doesn't want to leave.

"That's my plan is to come back here, volunteer after the baby's born and keep myself in recovery too," Tina said.

This time Tina says the difference is believing not only in God, but in herself to live and raise her new child drug-free.

Drug experts say more than 100 deaths have been linked to OxyContin in 1998, one report said more than 500 deaths were linked to meth.


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