By Natalie Fultz
COLUMBUS -It started with marijuana, drinking, then pills. But for Nikki Miller, it didn't stop there. By the time she was 19, she would become addicted to meth.
"You don't sleep, you don't eat. It's miserable. You hate yourself, you hate everyone around you," Miller says.
But for Nikki drugs were normal. She was born with an addiction to crack as a result of her mom's drug abuse. She would spend her youth watching her mom use crack, and it got worse from there.
"My mom...she got married multiple times whenever I was growing up...multiple step dads. Finally, when I was nine she married one that molested me until I was 14," Miller says.
She spent five years being molested, when she decided to move out...and that's when the drug use started.
"I would numb myself and wouldn't think about the pain from them because I just didn't want to think about it," Miller says.
Her first time using meth was with one of her best friends. It was just occasional, but then it became more frequent. She would eventually manufacture meth, but then, she got caught.
"I was pulled over and charged with multiple drug felony charges. I had to go to jail, and I was looking at five years in prison or a rehab program," Miller says.
That's where Damascus Way comes into the picture. After two months behind bars, she found herself on the road to recovery.
"I had turned exactly into my mom, I never wanted to be her growing up," Miller says
Last November, she graduated from the program, but entering the workforce though would be a challenge.
"My record looks terrible, so anytime I go to any other job, they would look at me as a felon. They'll look at that first and more than likely push me to the side," Miller says.
But today she's a drug free working woman. She's part of the staff at Valley Rescue Mission's new retail center.
"It saved my life," Miller says.
So when you walk through the doors at Valley Rescue Mission's new center, you'll be in the presence of a few men and women who've beaten addiction.
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