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Former Meth User: I Lost Everything

December 6, 2012, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Former Meth User: I Lost Everything
Monica Deschon


Meth is one of the most powerful addictions there is.  Experts say unlike alcohol, a person can use meth only twice and develop a craving for it. Beating that addiction isn't easy, as the Sioux Falls woman we talked with on Thursday knows all too well.

Meth isn't the most abused drug in our society, but it is one of the most addictive.  

"There was several times I tried to quit on my own and I couldn't do it," Monica Deschon of Sioux Falls said.

Deschon started using meth when she was 23 years old.   Like so many abusers, it started as a recreational drug.  Before she was 30, she had lost everything.

"My house, my kids, my vehicle, jobs and relationships," Deschon said.

Deschon says she was ready to kill herself.  But luckily something miraculous happened that changed her life forever; her 12-year-old daughter turned her in.

"I was in so much pain, I was sobbing; I never sobbed like that before," Deschon said.

Deschon spent 18 months in prison.  After she was released, she knew something had to change in her life if she was going to end her meth addiction once and for all.

Getting treatment was one of the most difficult things she says she's ever done, but today Deschon is considered a success story.  She's been clean for five years.

"It's tough, but it can be done.  I believe if I can do it, I believe anybody can do it," Deschon said.

Chemical abuse counselors at Carroll Institute say only 50 percent of the meth addicts who seek help finish the required treatment.  Of those who do finish, 75 percent are success stories. Deschon works two jobs and is in the process of rebuilding her relationship with her kids.

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