WATERTOWN, S.D. (KELO) — A Watertown eye doctor is back to seeing patients after battling an opioid addiction.
KELOLAND’s Kelli Volk has a look at Melanie Weiss’ journey.
Weiss became addicted to painkillers after a series of surgeries. Her opioid abuse spiraled so out of control she even went into other people’s homes at times to look for pills.
“Everyday I would wake up, the first thing I would think about is, ‘Do I have enough pills to get me through the week? Do I have enough to get me through the day? Do I have enough to get me out of bed?’ And if I don’t ‘How am I going to get those? How am I going to get away from my husband? How am I going to get away from my kids? My employees?'” Weiss said.
She was arrested for going into someone’s house in 2016. She’s since gone through treatment and served her sentence.
Her license was also suspended for a time, but she was able to begin seeing patients again in January.
Kelli Volk: Coming up Tuesday, I’ll tell you how Melanie is now using her personal story to help others.
You won’t want to miss Vision of Hope in Eye on KELOLAND, Tuesday.