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Guelph Mercury 
Recovering from addiction: A message of hope

WATERLOO — At the ripe old age of 12, Guelph-area resident Jennifer Andrews was experimenting with the powerful street drug crystal meth because of low self-esteem and an eating disorder.

Within a year, she was fighting a losing battle with addiction, she told 160 people attending Tuesday’s Addiction Recovery Celebration Breakfast in Waterloo.

“My life spiralled out of control,” Andrews said, recalling the nightmare of being estranged from everyone she loved and living a risky street life that included an assault. Her health plunged.

“I had nothing left,” said Andrews, one of three speakers recounting their descent into drug dependency for the fifth annual event hosted by the Addiction Services Group. That’s an umbrella organization for treatment services professionals in Wellington County and Waterloo Region.

Andrews, 23, said she was able to turn her life around with the help of recovery services such as those at the Portage centre near Elora, where she was admitted in 2002.

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