Three woman prove recovery is possible in honor of National Recovery Month

(right to left) Autumn Wise, Kimberly Syth, Katie Fussner

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - In honor of National Recovery Month, three women are sharing their story with us.

They come from different backgrounds, but they want people to know that addiction can happen to anybody. Luckily, so can recovery.

When Kimberly Syth came to Eugene with her family, things were going well. She had a job and a boyfriend, but in 2008 her life changed.

"We ended up homeless and that's when I was first introduced to drugs and alcohol," Syth said. "I thought I could only do it once in while but it quickly spiraled."

In 2012, she gave birth to her son.

"They drug tested me and my son, and he came up positive for drugs," Syth said.

Syth had to make a decisions , to get clean or risk losing her son. However, she says she wan't ready to seek out help. Her son was taken into state custody.

It wasn't until 2014 that Syth said she realized she wanted to change.

"I was ready, I was done being homeless, I was done using drugs, I wanted a better life for me and my son."

She checked into the Willamette Family Recovery Services in Eugene. That's where she met Katie Fussner, and Autumn Wise. Wise was Syth's sponsor, a person who she could depend on when things got tough.

"Having someone who knows what you're going through is a huge benefit," Wise said. "They're your support system."

Fussner met the two women during group sessions at the center. Fussner, never expected addiction to be in her life growing up.

"I might have made myself look like a normal college student and that is far from the truth", Fussner said. Addiction can happen to anyone regardless of socio-economic status, age race anything."

Through treatment, Syth was able to gain custody of her child. Now she helps others looking to recover

"No matter how hard my life gets, i know I don't have to pick up and use"

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you can go to the Willamette Family's website here for more information.

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