Out of Control

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Out of Control

Meagan, grew up in a small town, in a good family, and excelled in school and sports. But after a soccer injury, she turned to drugs to dull the pain and cope with the disappointment of being unable to play. That was the beginning of her downward spiral that led to years of drug abuse, crime and unhealthy relationships.

“It’s crazy how fast I lost control of my life. My addiction to crystal meth, cocaine and heroin cost me a career in nursing, my first house―and my family.”

After Meagan was arrested for drug trafficking she didn’t think life could get any worse, but it did.

“After my arrest, I was released on bail and fled to another province to avoid a prison sentence,” says Meagan. “It was a bad move. I was assaulted to the point of being hospitalized for two weeks, lived in a shelter, then in my car. I just wanted to die.”

Meagan wanted a better life, but it was hard for her to give up drugs. One day she saw a police officer and asked him to run her name.

“I was malnourished and tired of running from the law,” says Meagan. “I was arrested on the spot. That lead me to Drug Treatment Court and to The Salvation Army. They helped me get my life back on track.”

Meagan lived at The Salvation Army’s Grace Mansion while she attended drug treatment. Grace Mansion provides 24-hour supervised, safe, stable and supportive housing, counselling and practical assistance to participants of the program.

“I always lived in fear. The Salvation Army gave me a safe place to call home, a listening ear and practical support. Without the Army, I wouldn’t be as far along in my recovery.”

Meagan was encouraged to get involved in things she loved to do such as volunteering. After completing treatment Meagan has planned to enroll in university to get a business degree. She has her family back and enjoys helping at The Salvation Army that was there for her when she needed it most.

“When I got sober I realized all I gave up for drugs,” says Meagan. “There wasn’t much further down I could go.”


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