AR Woman Kicks Addiction, Now Helps Others Do the Same

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The road to recovery usually includes giving back.

A local woman who has been in prison half a dozen times is putting it all behind her.

Now clean and sober, she's teaching other women the lessons she's learned along the way.

Meagan McVay's journey has been anything but easy.

"I'm recovery from meth. I've been to prison six times," she explains. "I had lost hope. I had lost all hope that I would ever change."

She's been battling addiction for much of her adult life but thanks to Hope Rises, she's winning. 

"This has been a huge success for me. I think the big difference for me was I really felt I wanted to change in my heart this time," Meagan continues.

She spent six months at the transitional house in downtown Little Rock. She's currently clean and out of jail for the longest time since she started using.

"It kind of just came naturally," she adds.

To help her recovery, she's opening doors to giving back.

On Mondays she teaches classes at Hope Rises and on Thursdays she goes to prison to teach. 

"I always thought that that was something that was impossible to do, to go back into the prison and to be able to teach other women how to get out and stay out," says Meagan. "For them to be able to look at me and say if this girl can do it, I can do it."

She's now a woman who's using a reflection of her past to help herself and give other women like her hope. 

"I want them to believe that there is something better for them," she says. "It's a huge victory for the whole community when people get out and stay out."

Click here to learn more about Hope Rises.


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