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Eastern Iowans Battling Substance Abuse
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- These days Julie Clancy has a lot to talk about.
"I'm happy, said the 58-year-old woman. I'm healthy."
She's come a long way in 90 days.
"Im getting a job, starting over again," she said.
And shes sharing her story of recovery after a life-long battle with alcoholism.
"I started drinking when I was 12 years old, Clancy said. I became a heavy drinker by the age of 16."
This month she's one of many Iowans shedding light on the victories and struggles of overcoming substance abuse.
"Sometimes people that are dealing with substance use issues need to hear that it's possible to recover because when you're in that situation it seems like there's no way out," said Melissa Walker, deputy director of prevention at Area Substance Abuse Council.
On September 19th, Governor Terry Branstad will sign a proclamation making September Recovery Month in Iowa.
"We have a ton of people that are living productive lives in recovery and many of them are living in hiding and have never shared their story before," Walker said.
At ASAC in Cedar Rapids, more than 60 percent of their 3,000 patients per year abuse alcohol.
A number people like Julie hope to change one success story at a time.
"Thanks for letting me share because you are helping me by helping you," Clancy said.