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In terms of kicking drug addiction, it’s better late than never trying at all. To acknowledge the addiction and doing something to get out of it is the best thing that a person can do not for anyone else but for his or herself. At the same time, it is very important to admit that at some point, or during the process of recovery, help from others is needed and there is nothing wrong when one decides to seek help.

In Arkansas, recovering drug addicts are fighting their opioid addiction. Plenty of people tried to help Shalinda Woolbright kick her drug habit. “I have been in recovery for 13 years,” Woolbright, a Jonesboro resident, told The Jonesboro Sun. “By the time I was so miserable getting clean was the only option I had, I had been to prison and had a record that was 29 pages long.” Woolbright said it wasn’t until someone in recovery reached out to help her that she began listening.

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Today, Woolbright is a counselor-in-training at Northeast Arkansas Treatment Services.

Recovering addicts counseling those with addictions will soon be a common practice. Peer recovery specialists will soon be located throughout the state of Arkansas to help combat the opioid crisis.

Arkansas Department of Human Services is in its second year of spearheading a program to halt deaths related to opioid overdoses, thanks to a $7.8 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

This year the focus is on building an infrastructure of peer recovery specialists.

Woolbright recently completed the training in Little Rock because she believes in the program.

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