Texas legislators in Austin are thinking of ways to help curb the opioid epidemic.
Right now, numbers show Texas women are one of the most underserved when it comes to substance abuse.
One veteran says she owes her life to a Waco woman whose mission is to change those statistics through a project called the Sunshine Recovery House.
Summer Shine is in charge of the Sunshine Recovery House. Megan Bell is a Navy veteran. They are both recovering addicts.
“The girls sometimes will say to me, ‘This is too hard. I can’t do this.’ And I look each one of them in the eye and say, ‘I know that you can do it. Do you know how I know? I’ve done it,'” Summer says.
Summer is six years sober.
“I am these women. I was here. I was in the same place. I’ve been in early recovery. I know how hard it is. I know what it feels like when your family doesn’t trust you anymore and your kids won’t answer your phone calls,” Summer says.
This is a reality Megan knows too well.
“On the 28th of this month [March], I will have [been] 60 days sober. So I’m excited about that,” Megan says.
Megan says she is alive today thanks to a best friend and Summer.
“For the past year in my addiction, I lost God. I did. And instead of being at peace with my brother’s death, I got high so I didn’t have to think about it,” Megan says.
This is a high familiar from her younger years.
“I blossomed late, and joining the military and the Navy especially, probably wasn’t the best thing to do. You drink like a sailor, that’s one thing you learn out there,” Megan says.
Megan has done programs before, but nothing like Sunshine Recovery.
“I’d been to a treatment program before, but through the VA. And like, there’s not a lot of stuff for women, and there’s not a lot of women there. So it made me more comfortable here,” Megan says. “60 days ago, I was probably still trying to decide whether or not I was going to stay in my addiction, or am I not going to stay in my addiction.”
“I have a history. I have the same history that these ladies [have], and so to be able to to give away what was given to me has been life-changing,” Summer says.
“It’s very much saving my life,” Megan says.
The Sunshine Recovery House is currently spread across two homes in north Waco. Their plan is to purchase a large home in the downtown Waco area to centralize their location and grow. The new house will hold more than a dozen women, and they need your help to make this possible.
FOX44 is a proud sponsor of their fundraising event “Rollin 4 Recovery,” taking place on March 23. The event will feature comedian Shane Smith and Christian rapper Ryan Thomas. The goal for the night is $75,000 to help expand this program to help women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.
For more information on the event, you can go here.