CNHI News Service


December 12, 2005

Resurrected from meth

Woman overcomes horrifying addiction; pays a steep price

RICHMOND, Ky. — ...will you try me or not?

It’s all up to you.

I can show you more misery

than words can tell.

Come take my hand

let me lead you to hell.

— Meth

Today, Miss Belle (a nickname) is enjoying her tidy apartment, thriving at her day job and scrambling to get ready for the holiday season.

She recently rappelled for the first time, put on about 15 pounds and people tell her she looks better than ever.

She rubbed her Boston Terrier “Max” as she sat in a chair at her kitchen table. With a smile and determined eyes, she tells a story that some have never lived to tell.

“I’ve been clean for a year now and there’s no way anyone could ever get me to touch meth again,” she said while pounding on the kitchen table to emphasize her words. “I feel wonderful now, like a whole new person.”

Reaching this point in her life has been a long, hard journey from rock bottom.

“ ... Just try me once, I might let you go. If you try me twice, I’ll own your soul ...”

Belle and her husband were introduced to methamphetamine two years ago through a mutual friend.

She snorted meth the first time, then moved on to using it intravenously.

“You can snort it, shoot it, eat it, drink it and smoke it,” said the woman who lives in Richmond, Ky.

Belle was addicted the first time she tried methamphetamine.

“I have an addictive personality,” she said. “I’ve tried cocaine before, but meth is the only drug I’ve been addicted to.”

Her husband eventually learned to make the drug himself, which led to even heavier use.

“Your money went toward buying stuff to make it,” she said. “People don’t realize that everything you need, you can buy over the counter.”

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