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Michiana Mom Overcomes Meth

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Have you seen the ads from The Meth Project?  According to the program's website, the organization's goal is to "communicate the risks of Meth use."  Risks Amanda Enyart took for many years.

She still remembers being offered the drug for the first time in 2003.  "I just didn't realize what the effect that meth was really going to have on my life, when I said yeah," she says.  The effect was devastating.  At the time she was a single mother of two: a three year old girl and a baby boy.

She says she used meth as an escape from what seemed like unbearable problems.  "I always searched for that high," she says.  She says she kept the cooks from making meth in front of her kids for years until she hit rock bottom around Christmas of 2006.  "The whole time I was using, I never let anybody make it around my home or my children, and in the last two weeks everything I never did, I did."

Amanda remembers driving her kids to daycare on January 2, 2007.  "I dropped them off and I said, 'I'll see you guys later.'  I didn't see them for almost six months," she says.

DCS took the kids away and an ISP trooper took Amanda to jail.  She eventually went down state, where she served a little over three months in prison.  That's when she vowed to change her life.  "I was not going back.  I knew that I was going to do whatever I had to do, " she says.  "I had no clue what that was going to be at the time, but I knew I did not want that lifestyle."

The solution was a lot of hard work.  She went to the YWCA, had great counselors, and even contacted the trooper who arrested her to say thanks.  Now she and that same trooper travel to schools together to warn kids about the dangers of drugs.  "I feel like I have a story that could save somebody's life," she says.  "I don't do this for me.  I do this for somebody that needs to hear it."

She knows what it's like to feel trapped, like she couldn't walk away from her drug problem.  That is why she set up a program at the Marshall County jail.  She uses a webcam to talk to female inmates about breaking free from addiction.  "The progress they're making is amazing," she says. 

Amanda is making tremendous progress as well.  She's had a steady job for about five years, got married in 2011, and is now a busy mom raising her two children.  She's enjoying every minute of her new journey.  "I didn't become an addict overnight.  I didn't destroy my life overnight.  It takes every day.  One day at a time for me to build up who I am today."

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