Chattanooga woman helping others after road to recovery from addiction
A Chattanooga woman is giving back to the organization that got her started on the road to recovery.
Adrianna DeBusk began her battle with addiction just after she gave birth to her son Jace in 2011.
She says she dabbled with drugs before she got pregnant.
"It didn't really become a major problem because I could always pick it up and put it down until after I had my son," said DeBusk.
It was a prescription to Percocet after her C-Section when she became dependent on opioids. But she hid that dependency for years.
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"I always had a full time job, and if I left that job, I got another one. So it wasn't like I was unemployed for years at a time," said DeBusk. "And I never lost custody of Jace. So in my mind I'm okay, even though I'm spending all my money and I'm stealing."
It was when she started using opana in 2016 she couldn't hide it anymore. She went to rehab in 2017 but relapsed. Her wake-up call came on Halloween night later that same year.
"Halloween of 2017 my parents kicked me out because I stole a lot of money from them," said DeBusk.
It was at CADAS when DeBusk started on her path to recovery. A combination of intense counseling and Vivitrol were both part of her treatment plan.
Melissa Davenport worked with DeBusk while she was still in treatment.
"So it's a good tool to have along with therapy. There's no magic shot, magic pill. It kind of calms everything in the head, so they can actually focus and do the work on the inside," said Davenport.
"Deep down we're all the same. We're all trying to fill that void that you can't fill with outside things. It has to start inside," said DeBusk.
Davenport says she's always happy to see a success story like DeBusk's but she says not everyone has that experience.
"You know there are good days and there are bad days. I have people that aren't as successful as Adrianna, but you know we're here the next time they come around," said Davenport.
DeBusk had Vivitrol treatments for a year. Her last treatment was in November of 2018. But it was the counseling that really helped her get clean.
"I talk to my counselor in Oasis almost everyday, still today," said DeBusk.
Now DeBusk works as a technician at Family Way and Oasis.
"They helped me a lot and I wanted to give back to people like me," said DeBusk.
Since her journey to recovery started she has also been reconnecting with her son.
"We emotionally connect now. I'm not just there physically, we really understand each other. It's the best," said DeBusk.
If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the CADAS admission line 24 hours a day at 877-282-2327.