Angela R Woodworth, a 45-year-old mother in Gainesville, Florida was charged with drug possession and felony child neglect after four children said they jumped out of her car because she was drunk.
Woodworth was arrested and charged with four felony counts of child neglect, resisting an officer without violence, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said four 11-year-old children, Woodworth’s son and three of his friends ran into a Steak N’Shake saying they jumped from her car because she was drunk.
A witness named Kenisha Drayton said, “it was like a little girl screaming for help. We really didn’t see what was going on, but all we heard was someone screaming.”
Josh Kramer was eating inside the Steak N’Shake when the children ran inside. He said, “one of the boys told me his mom, they just came from Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road. She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car. They came to a stop. When they came to a stop, the kids jumped out of the car and ran into the restaurant.”
Kramer said he called 911 and while he was talking to the dispatcher, Woodworth came to the restaurant and screamed at the children, ordering them to come with her.
“The kids took off running around the restaurant. She started following them around the restaurant” said Kramer. “I finally got them back up front and told them to stay on the sidewalk, police would be here in a second and they didn’t need to be scared. I was helping them out.”
Police officer Ben Tobias said, “they were not in a parking space, so we could only assume that her driving was so bad at that point that she couldn’t even make it into the parking space. We are very glad that the children were not hurt.”
According to police, the children told them that Woodworth drove them around to several places including a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley, where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer, and a Ruby Tuesday, where she consumed four drinks. Police found receipts confirming the purchases of alcohol.
When police searched Woodworth’s car, they found about 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.
Police notified the Department of Children and Families and Woodworth was arrested. Officers said Woodworth’s son is with relatives and his three friends were returned to their parents.
Alcohol can destroy peoples’ lives. It can take away everything we hold dear to us. It can tear families apart, and cause unimaginable pain and suffering. If you have a problem with alcohol, our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center can help. We have specialized programs designed to help you overcome addiction. It’s not too late to ask for help, and we can guide you back to health.
In Salem, Oregon, police say Michael Durban strolled into his arraignment on possession of heroin charges with heroin and needles in his pocket.
Durban is facing another count of unlawful possession of heroin because police found hypodermic needles and a cotton ball possibly containing heroin on him.
When asked about the paraphernalia, Durban replied, “I got mixed up. I thought I left it in my car.” He was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail.
Drugs can make us do irrational things. Coming to court with drugs is never a good idea, and a sober person would understand that.
Drugs cloud our judgement, and lead us into dangerous situations. We can’t think clearly, so we think bad ideas are actually good ones.
Many times people who get high think they look normal to the rest of the world. They feel good, so they think they look good. They can’t see how they stumble, slur their words, or say things that don’t make sense.
I knew a lady who had an issue with drugs, but wasn’t ready to get help. We went to her birthday party, and she couldn’t stop laughing at a picture on her refrigerator. I was helping her bring sodas out to the rest of the party when she stopped me in the kitchen.
She pointed to a picture of herself on the fridge, rambled about something, and broke into hysterical laughter. I had no idea what to do, I was very uncomfortable.
When it was time to cut the birthday cake, her eyes were bloodshot, and she couldn’t hold the knife to cut the cake. She asked my husband to help, so he finished cutting the cake. We decided to go home a little early.
The lady didn’t think she had a drug problem, so she refused to talk about receiving help. Her family talked to her about her behavior, but she wasn’t ready to stop using yet.
A couple years later, she finally decided to get help with substance abuse, and she’s doing great now.
Seeking help through a certified drug and alcohol treatment center like Synergy Group Services, Inc. can save your life. Here at our Florida based substance abuse rehabilitation facility, we teach our clients how to live a healthy life of sobriety.
Utah’s department of health reported a “400% increase in deaths associated with misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.” Prescription drug overdose is one of the main causes of injury deaths in the Mormon state. It’s reported that an average of 21 residents in Utah die due to prescription pills every month.
Utah created a “Use Only as Directed prescription safety campaign” because it’s reported that 97% of adults in Utah have ingested prescription medication from a family member or friend without getting a prescription from a doctor.
Many conservative Mormons are not allowed to drink tea, coffee, alcohol, smoke tobacco, or take illegal drugs. However, prescription medications are legal, so many see them as being separate from illegal drugs.
In 2013, Utah ranked 8th highest in the U.S. among states for deaths from drug overdoses.
A report conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that prescription painkillers were being used by many kids in junior high and high school. Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agent Randy Lythgoe said, “it’s becoming an accepted thing to do in high school, because they (students) don’t associate danger with it.”
During a 2014 visit to Salt Lake City, Deputy White House Drug Policy Director Michael Botticelli said, “from the perspective of the White House, I think we know clearly that we can’t continue to arrest our way out of the problem, that we have to deal with addiction from a public health standpoint.”
It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, not a failure of morality. People do not choose to become addicted, but sometimes there is a stigma attached to addicts. Some people do not understand why an addict cannot simply stop because he wants to.
Prescription pill addiction can ruin peoples lives, and the lives of the people they love. It can cause relationship losses, social consequences, legal consequences, and death.
An addict needs medical help, and checking into our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center is the best place to start. We offer a specialized prescription drug addiction treatment program which involves private counseling, group therapy, as well as a holistic approach to healing.
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Sometimes in AA meetings, we hear, “don’t quit before the miracle happens.” Entering a life of sobriety isn’t always going to be a walk in the park. It takes hard work, change, and discipline. It also takes a lot of courage, growing up, and learning how to make good choices. These skills take time to learn, but it’s well worth the effort.
Learning how to live a happy life free from addiction is a miracle, but it takes a little time to see the world through a new pair of eyes. We learn a lot of new information when we first become sober, so give it a while to sink in. It might not make sense right away, but that doesn’t mean it won’t click later.
Change takes time and patience, and living a healthy life free from the chains of addiction is a wonderful change. Putting down the drink or drug is the first step towards a new life, but a new life won’t happen immediately. We have to work for it.
If you put time and real effort into your recovery, you will see the miracles come to fruition in your life. You will gain self-esteem, trust, peace, and independence.
Sometimes you might feel frustrated, and wonder why things are not improving in your life as quickly as you want them. When these feeling arise, don’t turn back to addiction. Think about all the reasons you became sober in the first place.
If you turn back to substance abuse, you will waste everything you are working hard to achieve. More problems will arise if you pick up drugs or alcohol. Health, legal, and relationship problems are a constant threat when you’re using.
It took about six months for me to start seeing improvement in my sober life. When I stopped drinking, my life didn’t click into place instantly, I had to work for it. I had to go to meetings, get a sponsor, work the steps, and start listening to people with more time in sobriety than I had. I needed to open my mind and my heart to the possibility that I didn’t have all the answers. When I put effort and love into myself and my program, miracles started to happen.
People started trusting me. My kids, spouse, and I were much happier. I was able to start my own business, and become an active member of my community. I was there when my family and friends needed me. I stopped beating myself up everyday, and learned how to deal with negative emotions in a constructive manner.
If you want your life to improve without the crutch of drugs or alcohol, our Florida based holistic treatment program is a wonderful place to start. We have specialized treatment plans designed to help each individual person. Our caring and professional staff will teach you the tools necessary to live a new healthy life free from addiction.
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When you first realize you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, admitting that to yourself is the first step. It’s a huge step, but simply acknowledging your problem will not solve it. Asking for help is what must happen next in order to heal.
Asking for help isn’t easy, you must have courage. Some have difficulty asking for help because they think it shows weakness. This is not true. It takes enormous strength to take action, and to take responsibility for the mistakes we have made.
Many of us were embarrassed to ask for help in the beginning of our journey into sobriety. The shame and guilt held us back from starting a new life. If you are feeling embarrassed, don’t be. There are millions of people struggling with the exact same problem as you.
When you enter a rehab, everyone is there to support you. You will meet others that relate to you and your story, and you won’t feel alone or judged.
Some people have a hard time asking for help because their pride is in their way. Put your pride aside, asking for help is the best way to feel genuinely proud of yourself. If you are struggling with substance abuse, chances are there are things you are not proud of doing. Putting your pride away will lead you to a feeling of genuine happiness, and a life you can be proud of.
Fear can also stand in your way of asking for help. When you enter a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, you will see that there is nothing to be afraid of. The people at the facility will teach you new coping skills to deal with stress and fear in your life. You don’t have to be scared of emotions, you won’t have to numb your feelings. You will learn how to deal with tough situations without the crutch of substances.
It’s never too late to ask for help. If you are struggling with addiction, our Florida based treatment center can help you. We have a wonderful staff and programs that are tailored to fit your specific needs.