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Recovering Addict Opens Recovery Center For Women

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery

Recovering Addict Opens Recovery Center For Women

A woman inspired by her own addiction and the loss of a loved one takes a stand against methamphetamine in her community.  According to , Donna Barlow began her fight against meth two years ago when she started a local chapter of Mothers Against Methamphetamine.  She hopes to strengthen her battle against the drug in the near future.

Donna began using meth when she was 23, and the drug quickly took over her life.  She said, “If you try it once or even twice, you’re hooked.”  Meth also took Donna’s sister’s life.  Donna’s sister, Vicki, went to jail and escaped from officers in transport.  She drowned in a swollen river.  Donna said, “Vicki wasn’t ready to accept the Lord at that time and, without that, you can’t be set free.”

Donna Barlow exclaims that He set her free when she says, “I found the Lord!”  In the eight years since her sister’s death, Donna has ministered to women in the local county jail who have been addicted to meth.  She says many of these women start meth because they want to lose weight, or they have low self-esteem.

The women say recovery from such a powerful drug is not easy.  One woman talks about how meth destroyed her life, taking away her family and her home.  She finally overcame meth, and she has started to rebuild her life, gaining back both her family and her former home.  She said, “Through her (Donna’s) ministering and reading the word, I’ve got to give it all to Jesus, because he’s the one who really changed me.”

Donna Barlow is now taking her efforts to fight methamphetamine addiction even further, as she plans to open a recovery center.   She said, “For the most part, I think people want to do something, but they don’t know what to do.”  She hopes to help as many women as possible to take their lives back.  She plans to open her recovery center in April, on the anniversary of her sister’s death.  For help, or to learn more about the organization, call (417)469-0018 or (417)855-9113.

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About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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