AKRON - "I realized this was my rock bottom.”
More than 90 days ago, Kylie Moynham, 21, of Akron, weighed in at just 89 pounds, feeling helpless while fighting her addiction with heroin.
"It’s crazy because going into rehab, I didn’t know I looked like so bad. I was taking pictures of myself. There’s a big difference. It feels good to be healthier.”
It was just days after thousands showed up for a heroin rally in Akron when Kylie and her mother Tonia Wright knew they needed to get help. Just days following the rally, Kylie was on a plane traveling more than a thousand miles away for treatment.
“That was the best thing that happened to me.”
But nothing could prepare Kylie for what she would experience in detox and treatment.
“I was sweating. I couldn’t sleep. I was a mess.”
The road to recovery wouldn’t be easy. Treatment would last about 60 days in Stuart, Florida. That meant 60 days away from her family – and most importantly her two-year-old daughter, Alaynah. But the program would eventually end and Kylie would be able to come back home with a new view on life.
“It’s going to be amazing to be here and see her open up presents. It makes me want to cry, actually. I’m excited. I’m really excited.”
Kylie is just one of nearly 23 million people who are in the recovery programs nationwide. In Summit County, the amount of drug overdoses has dropped nearly 50 percent from September to October.
“It’s trending in a positive direction,” said Jerry Craig, executive director with the ADM Board in Summit County. “And we hope it’s a trend that will continue.”
According to Craig, there could be a pair of contributing factors for the reduction, including a drop in the supply of lethal drugs on the streets, and an increase of community support and resources for those struggling with addiction.
For Kylie, recovery begins with a good support system and staying true to herself.
“Being fully honest with my using and the relationships I’ve ruined. You have to work on more than just getting off drugs, you have to work on me, your inner self.”
Kylie and her mother, Tonia, have now focused their attention on Akron Says No To Dope, Inc., an organization that connect those struggling with addition to appropriate treatment or recovery programs in the area.