Jeremy McNab was an all American guy who was hoping to become a police officer. His plans changed when he began using drugs.

“When I was 20 I started smoking pot with my friends,” he said.

His occasional pot smoking soon turned into a daily habit. Eventually he moved on to meth.

He had plans for his life, but most were forgotten when he developed a daily habit.

“I graduated from Holly Pond with an advanced diploma and went into the military,” he said. “But I dropped out.”

After years of crank, also known more commonly today as meth, legal troubles started.

“I got caught a lot,” he said.

About four years ago, he went to rehab.

“I wasn’t ready yet,” McNab said. “While I was there, I changed my mind and decided to participate and wanted to get better.”

After about 30 days out he started using again.

“I wanted to quit, but I just couldn’t,” he said.

After losing his wife, family and a few houses, he decided it was time to get clean.

“I finally had enough,” he said. “I got real depressed. I had lost everything.”

He called his sister, who welcomed him into her home.

“I called my sister, who is a drug and alcohol counselor,” he said. “I wanted to quit, but I just didn’t know how.”

In the back of his mind, he kept hearing the voice of a friend who had died as a result of drugs. He did not want to end up like him.

“My sister said it I would put forth effort she was willing to help me,” he said.

One night, after packing and being up all night on a high, he left his house.

“I ended up leaving everything I had packed,” he said. “I went and sat on my sister’s porch until she got up the next morning.”

He would occasionally still go use, but it was becoming less. He started attending narcotics anonymous meetings.

“The NA group really helped me,” he said. “Meeting people with the same problems has been a big help.”

McNab said he was recently indicted by a grand jury on a case from more than three years ago.

“When the grand jury indictment came along, that was the final straw,” he said. “As long as I kept using, I would never get away from the pain.”

He said because of his recent progress, the judge did not send him to prison.

“I could have went to prison over that,” he said. “Bit the judge said I could go to turn around service.”

Through counseling, McNab has been able to let out feelings.

“Sometimes I go two times a day,” he said. “I didn’t have to suppress my feelings anymore.”

Today, McNab has been clean for eight months.

“All my dreams were thrown away because of drugs,” he said.

Through his recovery, McNab has had to give up all his old friends. He is beginning a new life.

“I had to separate myself with all old friends,” he said. “But that was the best thing. NA helps me do away with my loneliness and it’s a good support group.”

He is now doing well and lives life one day at a time.

“My worst day now is better than my best day when I used.”

‰ NA meets at 12 noon and 7 p.m. every day at Hwy 278 East in the shopping center, commonly known as East Point Shopping Center, next to Dr. Freeman’s Dentist office.



George’s Story



George’s daughter was over worked and tired. Her doctor prescribed medication to help her wake up during the day. Unable to sleep at night she was then prescribed sleeping pills.

“Because of her job, she was able to inject medicine,” he said. “She was in the medical field and had easy access to prescriptions,” he said.

George said he and the rest of the family were shocked when they found out about her drug use.

He said the only sign he noticed was a change in personality.

“She had always had a very loving personality,” he said. “My wife noticed she began to change. Her disposition changed and she was very blunt and hateful.”

“We were totally unaware of her problem,” he said. “She lost her job and license and had to come home.”

It was the loss of her job that led her to understand she had a problem.

“As a parent, I felt like a total failure,” he said. “She was raised in a good loving Christian home.”

When he found out, he was devastated.

“I felt like I was a tough guy, but I squalled like a baby,” he said.

His daughter is now in a nine month treatment facility. He said she has been in three months and is now doing better.

“It took her awhile when she first went into treatment because she was badly addicted,” he said.

George hopes to help others by telling his story.

“I hope I can help one person with my story,” he said



Amber’s Story

After losing her husband, children and everything else important in her life, Amber Wallace decided it was time to get clean.

Wallace began using drugs at the age of 18. Her use began after beginning a lifestyle of dancing at clubs.

“The environment I was in...everyone was using,” she said.

Her drug of choice began with meth then she moved on to K 4’s, which is a synthetic heroin. She would use it by shooting it up with a needle.

“After using for three years, I got clean,” she said. “But a few years later I relapsed.”

She was once arrested and ordered to rehab, but that did not last long. Every time she would get clean, she would relapse.

Wallace was married and had three children. Two years ago, her children were taken away by the state and put into foster homes.

“It was the toughest thing (losing my children),” she said.

After getting arrested numerous times, she realized she needed help.

“I was arrested and faced a felony charge,” she said. “I was facing prison time and no one wanted to come get me out of jail. I had burned too many bridges.”

During her time of addiction, she did not care about anything.

“My family didn’t want anything to do with me,” she said. “My 14 year old daughter was very angry with me.”

After two years in foster care, Wallace got her children back last month.

“It is much harder to be clean than to be in addiction,” she said. “Part of my recovery is to be accountable.”

She has made amends with her children and parents.

“I’m now closer to my mother than I have ever been, but during that time, they had nothing to do with me” she said.

Wallace said once an addict, always an addict.

“Everyday I wake up and it’s a struggle,” she said. “It is a process.”

The biggest struggle Wallace faces today is running into the old friends she once used with.

“Nobody that is an active addict wants to see you do better than them. I think if they want me to use and lose my kids again, they don’t care about me.”

Wallace and her family attend counseling regularly.

“I recently bought a house and got my kids back,” she said. “I tell my story to help just one person.”

Wallace said addiction has no name, anyone can become an addict.

“It can happen to anyone,” she said. “Nobody is above addiction. We are all the same.”



‰ Tiffany Green can be reached by e-mail at tgreen@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 221.



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