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Cigarettes

Alcohol

Cocaine

Heroin

Crack

Recovery Teri didn’t decide she wanted to be a drug addict. There was no plan, no conscious decision. In fact, when she was in high school she dreamed of becoming a nurse.

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. This story is about a woman who grew up in Powell River. It’s about a girl who had a happy childhood with a family who loved her. It’s about a woman who attended school here and who partied here. Because of this community’s fentanyl crisis, Teri was inspired to share the story of her drug addiction, to promote understanding. Why do people do hard drugs? Knowing the dangers, why don’t they just quit? On May 20, Teri celebrates a landmark anniversary:

BY ISABELLE SOUTHCOTT | isabelle@prliving.ca

two years clean. As those in recovery know, every single day of not using drugs to escape from problems or to avoid feeling bad emotions is a success.

Like many 14-year-olds, Teri started smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. It seemed like no big deal. Unlike many West Coast girls, she never really liked pot. “My first line was on my 27th birthday,” Teri told Powell River Living. “That was the first time I tried cocaine. It wasn’t a big thing in the beginning, and it wasn’t until I started working at the bar. Not long after that, I did it again.” Drugs were easily available at the bar where she worked. “People I would never have associated with before became my closest friends. Because I worked nights, all my old friends were just getting off work when I was going to work. I partied with bands, and there would be people doing rails. It became a way of life.” Boyfriends came and went. Her then-fiance was worried about her drug use and wanted her to get help. She tried hypnotherapy but she wasn’t ready to stop.

POWELL RIVER LIVING • may 2017 •

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Powell River Living May 2017  

The May issue explores Powell River's addiction crisis. There's also election coverage, an interview with a nurse practitioner, a planner fo...

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