Life After Meth program helps jailed addicts

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2013 at 9:16 am •  Published: February 22, 2013
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"This program can be so successful, this can make you clean," she said. "It gives you all of the tools you need to become a productive member of society, and they take steps to ensure our success.

"They show us how to live of life's terms."

Sobriety didn't come overnight for Richter, but it did come.

"A couple of years before I got clean I knew I didn't want to get high any more, but I didn't know how to stop," she said. "I was sick of the life and I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

"They say when you hit rock bottom you'll bounce, but I lived on rock bottom for a long time," Richter said. "I was wanted, I was an addict, and I was depressed.

"I tried to kill myself five times in that last year," she said. "Eventually, I knew I was going to get it right, but I realized if life has gotten so bad that you don't want to live anymore, something has to change.

"And I knew it had to be me, because it's me who's interfering with my life."

Going to jail the last time, she said, was the best thing that could have happened to her.

"I think a lot of times, addicts come to a realization that this isn't the life they want to lead anymore, but they don't know how to stop," she said. "And that's where LAM came in for me."

LAM hopes to raise funds to support the creation of two transitional facilities in Knox County.

"Our main focus is to give them the sense that there is a community out here supporting them to have a good life," said Rev. Peter Haskins, director of the program. "It's a tribute to our community that we have this kind of support for recovering drug addicts.

"We're not out to save everybody but we are trying to save the people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired," he explained. "We aim to help the people who are ready to make a change."

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Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial, http://www.vincennes.com