It's a battle that thousands lose every day: the drug epidemic that runs rampant in our state. One Harrison County woman is sharing her story, hoping to save even one life.
"I woke up and I realized, 'Man. I'm in jail. This is my wake-up call.'"
For Maranda Pickett, life is all about second chances and making every day count. Her 33 years haven't been easy, but the last 12 months have been some of the most gratifying. She'll get her golden chip this month, which marks one year clean from meth, her drug of choice.
"We were going to Charleston two-to-three times a week to get the meth. You'll steal from people, you'll rob people to get the money to get high," said Pickett.
Pickett keeps her mugshot at home, in plain sight, to remind her of a time she wishes she could forget.
"Were you high in your mugshot picture?" I asked.
"Yes, I actually was. I knew I was going to jail and was going to lose my kids, so I got high before I went to jail," said Pickett.
The fight to get her kids back has proven to be Pickett's driving force.
"On the bad days, you want to get high, but you know you can't, especially when you have something to fight for like me," said Pickett.
In addition to attending 'Celebrate Recovery' meetings every week, Pickett also keeps going for her family and friends, who helped her at her worst.
"My parents have been there. My best friend, she tells me how it is, whether I want to hear it or not. My uncle said the other day - 'We didn't think you could do it, but you proved everybody wrong," said Pickett.
By beating those demons, Pickett has made it her mission to prove to others that they can achieve the unthinkable as well.
"If I can do it cold turkey, everybody can do it," said Pickett.
Next week, we'll hear more about Maranda's story and the recovery center that helped her turn her life around.