Allison’s struggle with inhalant abuse came to light when her story aired on A&E’s “Intervention” series. Although controversial, the broadcast showed her at rock bottom. Since then she has quit abusing inhalants and has dedicated herself to helping others get treatment for their addictions. ACE would like to extend our heart-felt congratulations as May 7th marked another milestone in Allison’s life- her second year of sobriety!
February 2009, we had the pleasure of working with Allison to create four public service announcements (PSAs). These PSAs aired during a follow up show entitled, “Intervention In Depth: Huffing” episode. Ultimately, the second broadcast generated even more discussion and continued to enhance awareness about inhalant abuse.
Allison won her life back one day at a time and now enjoys a drug free existence. However she admits her amazing recovery did not happen all at once. Recently, ACE had the opportunity to ask Allison about her recovery.
“I didn’t have an ‘Aha’ moment…It was more of a process” she said. This progression started when Allison spent time in rehabilitation. While she was going through the motions, something clicked. As she read more about her addiction, she felt less alone, attended meetings, and partnered with a sponsor. Soon the guilt and shame disappeared, paving a clear path away from inhalant abuse.
“All those things are still working for me today, [I am] making smarter choices for myself because I realize that I am a life worth saving”.
She says, “When I look back two years ago or see parts of my episode, I can't believe the changes in my life, in the way that I handle situations and the happiness that I feel now”. Even in difficult times she holds on to hope: “I have faith now that no matter what comes my way, I always am exactly where I am supposed to be”.
As Allison savors this special moment, we wanted to thank her for giving back and her efforts to help others struggling with inhalant abuse.
If you know someone who is addicted to inhalants, contact local professionals for advice. You can find the closest help at http://dasis3.samhsa.gov and visit Inhalant.org to learn what signs may point toward inhalant abuse. Just want to talk? Our message board provides community for that purpose.