Mother fights to get life back after meth addiction

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Chelsea Terry grew up in rural Indiana, lost her father and a child, and was involved in a horrific car crash. She broke, turned to meth, and her life spiraled out of control.

But now, Chelsea is back.

Chelsea though routines of normal life like holding a job and earning a paycheck were out of reach for so long.

The 32-year-old went to Wheeler Mission's Women's Recovery Center addicted to meth, frightened and denied custody of her children.

"You wouldn't have recognized her when she came in the doors here," said Lisa Hoffman of the Wheeler Mission.

"The person when I was on them...I was very dark, very mean, very angry, you know. I was very depressed," said Chelsea.

Chelsea said she detoxed for an agonizing week.

"I did survive and that is what is amazing," she said. "I did what everybody thought I would not be able to do and I can only give the glory to God for that."

She said she enrolled in an eight-month, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. intensive recovery program called Higher Ground. The rigorous schedule included counseling and working on coping skills.

The program celebrates successes once a week by circling up and sharing praises.

Chelsea regained custody of all her children after the program. they now live with her and are thriving.

"It's been amazing even to see the change in the children since she's been here," said Hoffman.

Chelsea said she and her children are happier than we have ever been in our lives.

While she's happy and healthy, Chelsea has a passion for getting into the dental field.

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