Road to recovery: Great Falls residents overcome opioid addiction

Road to recovery: Great Falls residents overcome opioid addiction


I got introduced to math when I was 13 so I was in eighth grade and 32 year old Sarris Nagurski has been around addiction most of her life she and her twin brother were adopted into an alcoholic family she never finished high school but at 19 she got off meth she’s a sobriety didn’t last and then I started shooting up meth and heroin when I was her rock bottom led to homelessness divorce and termination of her rights as a mother to her two kids and I went completely insane I was scared of every single human on this earth I lost all faith in humanity it was so bad she felt her only options were Jail a mental hospital or suicide in one of her darkest moments she saw a glimmer of hope I was laying you know in a ditch and I thought what am I gonna do what am I gonna do and somehow by the grace of God a counselor found me and I ended up here that day she went through a 60 day treatment program but with recovery came a relapse which led to hospitalization and discovery she was pregnant why is my life so horrible I ended up having a meth lab in my car still homeless she made recovery a full-time job constantly attending support meetings more determined than ever to stay sober as soon as I had I gave birth to my child my instantly loved him it was wonderful and I got a place of my own and I got a car and I just started building myself back up again on my own opioid addiction can strike anyone this 58 year old man wanted to remain anonymous he grew up in Great Falls and started drinking after his parents divorced he went through treatment for alcoholism in 1988 and raised a family with his wife he was sober until 2013 when he got medication for physical pain accumulated over a career in construction so after about two years that had progressed from one simple little pain killing prescription to full-blown addiction at the very end it was a like 180 pills and 15 days in severe opiate withdrawals he knew he was again headed down a path to destruction and I had contemplated suicide I had actually looked over at the pistol that’s hanging on the coat rack and brush he asked a close friend to take him to Rocky Mountain treatment center in Great Falls where he underwent a 30-day treatment his loved ones called him a pill head a junkie truthful descriptions that made him even more determined to get where he is today yeah I love this part of my life it’s the best part of my life I’ve ever lived I stay very connected to the treatment center here Sara also stays connected working as a treatment assistant at Rocky I know I never want anybody to suffer as bad as I did and if I can even help one person then then that’s all I want to do

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