Prescription drug battle

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - We went looking for answers and found one woman who says drugs turned her life upside down.

She says new prescription drug regulations, like House Bill 1, would not have stopped her.

Crystal Joseph says her addiction made simple tasks like getting out of bed difficult.

"From the time you get up, to the time you go to bed. Where am I going to find or how am I going to come up with my next pill," said Joseph.

Joseph says after a bad accident she was on life support for 11 days.

This is when her addiction to controlled substances began.

She says she has been clean for five years, but remembers it like it was yesterday.

"I would of never done what I done. What I put everybody through. I would of never done that, but the drugs alter your mind and make you somebody your not," said Joseph.

For seven years Joesph says she did drugs like Oxycontin, Methadone and Percocet.

Thanks to family and friends at Gospel Light Baptist Church Joseph says she now enjoys things that many of us just take for granted.

Sitting on the porch with her dog, being a homeowner and even driving. At one point drugs kept her from all of this.

"It's the best feeling in the world to be able to wake up and actually get up out of the bed. If there's dirty dishes in the sink I can just wash them. I don't have to look up and try to find a pill before I have the energy to wash them," said Joseph.

Joseph says laws or restrictions cannot keep addicts away.

"No matter how hard to try to help somebody until they realize they want help you know you can't help somebody," said Joseph.

Enjoying the little things, like family and leaning on faith.

This is what Joesph says gets her through.

Joseph says none of this would be possible without the help of support services at her local church.

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