PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - In 2017, WTAP featured a series on the local drug epidemic. In it, we introduced you to Julia Kempton, a young mother who overdosed in Belpre and eventually ended up behind bars. Now Kempton is out of prison and she says she's a totally different person.
In January 2017, Kempton, 27, overdosed on heroin and fentanyl in Belpre. The incident violated her probation which landed the Coolville native in prison for 10 months.
While serving her time, Kempton said she had a lot of one-on-one time with herself.
She got out last November and is turning her life around. She will soon gain custody of her 5-year-old daughter, has a job, and recently got her driver's license.
"God is the greatest thing in my life, and I want to do nothing but serve him because he gave me life and true happiness and freedom not just from addiction but from many different things," she said.
Now she shares her story for others in similar situations.
"I went through all that stuff so that I could help people so I could tell them I've been here," she said.
"Look at what's God restored me, restored in my life and what has helped me sustain and the freedom that he has given me."
Kempton recommends anyone facing a drug addiction to reach out to High on Hope, a ministry-based recovery organization. The contact is (833) 464-3733 and located at 517 Market Street Parkersburg, West Virginia.