"The Stepping Stone"

Eyewitness news reporter Kate Gaier sat down with some women recovering from drug addictions to talk about one program that changed their lives.

Tammy Woodell has been recovering from drug addiction for over a year now.

"I started smoking pot when I was 14 years old. I did meth, cocaine, crack, you name it. If it was a drug I could get high on, I used."

Woodell says she bounced out of jail just to end up using again. That's until she became a resident of "The Stepping Stone," a transition home located in Bainbridge.

Woodell adds, "I needed a long-term treatment, so I wouldn't have to go back to the same people, places and things because I would eventually end up using again."

And she's not alone.

Iris Morales, a house resident, says, "I was using a lot, a lot, a lot, and I had got into a lot of trouble and I knew I had to do something. I couldn't live in society. I was getting into a lot of trouble."

Anita Sexton co-founded the home and says it's a necessity for the women.

"As far as the houses in this area, I don't know of any that are like we are. Most of the people would have to go to Atlanta or far away."

For the women, finding the help so close to home makes their recovery easier.

"The Stepping Stone" can house eight women at a time, and they usually stay six to nine months to get back on their feet and beat their addiction.


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