By BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner staff
Stephanie Bryant graduated The Ruth House in August after she spent several years self-medicated with drugs for mental health issues.
Standard-Examiner photographer Benjamin Zack documented Stephanie's stay in The Ruth House over the course of several months. The following are just some of the many images he captured, accompanied by audio clips from Stephanie discussing her life.
Click the grey text to listen to Tiffany describe how she became addict to the "wonder drug:" methamphetamine.
“My brothers used drugs, so in my house there were drugs. So I watched them and they would clean, and they had energy. I’d been depressed and stuff, so I wanted to clean and I wanted to be up and doing things like that. And so I tried it, tried methamphetamines. And at first it was like the wonder drug. You know, I was cleaning. I was happy. And that’s where it started. I didn’t know I was bi polar then.”
Stephanie's son is also an addict who is in prison. Listen as she talks about her relationship with him.
“He’s proud of me. In prison, you can get drugs too. He said, ‘Mom, I’m sober too and I’ve had plenty of opportunities.’ And I’m like, I’m so proud of you. My mom goes to visit him, but I can’t visit him because I’m a felon. I might not get to see him.”
Stephanie says she didn't have to go to the Ruth House, but felt it was necessary to stay on track with her sobriety. Listen to the lessons she learned during her stay at the house:
“I really felt that maybe this could change my life. I knew that if I made it past the first three weeks of being out of jail, that there was a chance for me.”