Addiction Tearing Family Apart
By Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter
Chattanooga, TN (WRCB) -- Michael Rankin gets frustrated when he's talking about his twin sister Michelle and her huffing addiction.
She was arrested outside a home on Browns Ferry Road Thanksgiving night.
Police found her with glue around her face, holding a paint can and several plastic bags.
Now believed to be in Alabama, her brother hopes to reach her, to get her help.
"I don't know, it's like a habit and I just don't know. I care and have no support to help her," says Michael Rankin.
Michelle Rankin's huffing records go back to 1999. The most recent arrest makes number 22.
Her brother says he is running out of options to help her.
"I would go to the borderline to help her, and she knows that," says Rankin.
Phyllis Hoppe of the Adolescence Center says she deals with youth with addiction problems everyday. The road to recovery is often, not an easy one to take.
"Dealing with an addiction in general, the family has to be willing and the person going in need to be at some point in their live where they are willing to get help," says Hoppe.
"She won't calm down or stay off it. When your addicted, how do you help someone that won't stop something?" says Rankin.
Michelle Rankin plead guilty to huffing inhalants and was sentenced to 11 months in jail.
That was suspended by Judge Christie Sell and changed to probation.
Family I spoke to say they aren't sure where she is, but want to get her help if possible.