Episode 44

Published on:

1st Feb 2021

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me - Part 4: Recovery Court Can Save Your Life

Welcome to Part 4 of our series, What I Wish Someone Had Told Me. On this episode, Jodi Salvo and Kathy Bazaar are joined by Jes Deemer, a recovering drug addict who reflects on all she's learned during her experiences with drugs.

Raised in a good home with parents who didn't even drink, Jes's story is much different than others we've shared. She started using heroin when she was 19, and her addiction quickly spiraled out of control. The first and foremost thing she wishes someone would have told her is to not be so naive to think addiction couldn't happen to her. Now, she understands how drugs physically change the landscape of the human brain - and this can happen to anyone.

Listen to Jes's story about falling into addiction, facing legal trouble, dealing with relapse, all the while knowing that her family - especially her daughter - needed her. She also highlights recovery court here in Tuscarawas County and how she came to realize that recovery court is filled with people who care about her and want to help her. In the end, she believes recovery court saved her life.

One more point Jes stresses is that addicts need to work through their fears that everyone who tries to help them has a hidden agenda. You must learn to forgive yourself and accept that people truly want to help you and see you thrive.

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Empower Tusc
Empowering Tuscarawas County through education, awareness, and prevention.
Join us each episode with your host, Empower Tusc Coordinator Jodi Salvo, as we deliver current information to help educate and raise awareness about substance use and mental health in our community. Jodi brings information from all over Tuscarawas and surrounding counties, including resources from local school districts, law enforcement, treatment agencies, political offices, state representatives, and more. You'll enjoy these casual conversations among people working together to increase prevention in our community.

The Anti-Drug Coalition is part of the Get Level Podcast Network, bringing agencies and organizations together to reach listeners in Tuscarawas County.

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Get Level Podcast Network is a podcast production studio based in Dover, Ohio. Our initial focus is providing one single location for all the community-improvement resources in Tuscarawas County. If we can impact our county, hopefully our messages will spread to the surrounding communities. We'll change our region one step at a time.