Running Becomes One Recovering Addict's Salvation

on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Addiction Recovery

Sue Mills is in the home stretch of her training for Flying Pig weekend, as well as occupying the home stretch of her recovery from a serious addiction. According to WLWT Cincinnati, Sue was raped at a young age and turned to drugs and alcohol to cope. She said, "It took over my life. I lost my identity. My identity became a heroin addict. I finally had something to numb the pain."

Sue Mills says she could be in prison now, but she turned to the City Gospel Mission and their "Having the Courage to Change" program. She said, "I just needed something to change. I needed a new way of life and I found that here." Now, she trains with other members of the "Step Forward" group. She started by walking the 5K. Sue remembers, "It was the first thing in my life that I ever completed."

Last year, Sue Mills ran a leg of the marathon relay. She said, "It was amazing. The four of us, our team, ran across the finish line together, and it was powerful. I felt completed." After being clean and sober for two years, Sue is 50 pounds lighter , as she prepares to run the 10K on her own. She finally has something to run towards.

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