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Woman Talks About Meth Addiction

December 10, 2013, 6:07 PM by Brady Mallory

Woman Talks About Meth Addiction

There is a reason why Melody Walters said her life fell apart.

"I hit a bottom that I didn't even know was possible.  Meth took everything from me," Walters said.

Walters spent three years hooked on the drug before she was caught by law enforcement.  It took a toll on her relationships with her sons and other family members.

"When I got to Keystone (Treatment Center), I was spiritually, emotionally, financially bankrupt in every way.  I didn't even have a driver's license," Walters said.

As we are finding out, Walters's struggles are not rare in Sioux Falls.  Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan said investigators are dealing with more meth in the area.  According to McGowan, police seized nearly 450 grams of meth in 2011.  In 2012 that number quadrupled to nearly 1,900 grams.

"It's kind of the perfect storm.  We have the cross section of the two interstates and we have drugs going east and west and north and south," McGowan said.

McGowan added recent laws have made it easier to put meth users who want help into treatment while prosecuting high-level drug dealers.

"We know that the large quantities of meth that we see still come up from Mexico, and certainly make their way to South Dakota," McGowan said.

"Some people you can look at and you'll never know," Walters said.

Walters has been clean for two-and-a-half years now.  She uses her experience to help others who struggle with meth addiction by counseling them through Keystone Treatment.

"We become addicted to the dance of addiction. There's just things you have to let go of, and you have to grieve those things," Walters said.

For Walters, her addiction does not outweigh her life now.  She said she has eight reasons, her grandchildren, to keep living clean.

"I want them to have, to be able to depend on.  I want to be the Grandma," Walters said.

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