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Drug Addiction


"Glee" star Cory Monteith's death from a drug overdose last week hit close to home.

For one local woman addiction turned her life upside down 18 long years… until now.

"It's absolutely destroyed it,” says Randi Scott of Parkersburg, in recovery. “That incomprehensible demoralization they talk about."

Randi wondered how her life spiraled so far out of control.

"I lost my children, my family -- homes, cars, you know; you name it,” Scott says.

It started with alcohol, then marijuana.

"Then went to cocaine. Before I knew it, I was injecting heroin and prescription pain pills,” Scott says.

She feared death, at the same time it seemed easier than such suffering.

Families need to have the conversation.

"With their adolescents, with their teenagers, with their adult children,” says Karen Schimmel, substance abuse outpatient director at Westbrook Health Services. “Don't be afraid to talk to your family members about drug addiction, it's vital. Have that conversation."

Scott never felt like a member of society and that’s one reason the mother of three kept falling back on her addictions again and again.

"I didn't fit in,” she says. “I think it was just -- it was that comfort and ease that I got out of using."

Internal struggles, past pain or trauma lay the groundwork.

"And it gets to be where the, you know, the drug of choice is a great coping mechanism,” says Derek Synder, director of children and family services at Westbrook.

Life is more important than a television show. Cory Monteith learned this the hard way. But it doesn't have to be your reality.

"I honestly don't believe that I would have made it without a place like Genesis (Program for Women in Parkersburg),” Scott says. “They have a very structured environment; you have to take three random drug screens a week, you go to meetings all the time, you have phase work, in addition to your step work with your sponsor. They do a lot of recovery outings, where you realize you can have fun being sober."

You're not destined to Monteith's fate.

"There is help out there, it doesn't have to be the end,” Snyder says. “And there is hope."

Renewal hasn't come easy.

"I can't explain to you in words the feelings that I have about being sober and about this new way of life. It's amazing,” Scott says.

After seven stints in rehab, Scott can now proudly say she has three months of long-term treatment under her belt at Genesis.

If you or a loved one needs help with drug and alcohol dependency, call (304) 865-5470.


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