SHREVEPORT, LA (KMSS) — When Terri Schaffner got clean from drugs she had no idea what life had in store for her. After suffering from a 23-year addiction to methamphetamine, resulting in three different prison sentences, she says it all changed her life.
"I was determined to do something different with my life, and so I started going to school and got my masters degree and got licensed as a LAC, which is a licensed addiction counselor," said Schaffner.
She decided she wanted to counsel others so that they don't end up how she was.
"They need to have a safe environment to land. Otherwise, they are going to go right back to where they're comfortable, what they know best, which is dealing drugs and criminal lifestyle," said Schaffner.
That's when she decided to start the Active Recovery Foundation to help adults and youth who are battling addictions or incarceration. Already in its first month the program sees about 30 people a week.
"We're just going to be really focused on getting these kids off the fast track to prison, and then when they're adults and they come out, we need to get them plugged in to good jobs," said Schaffner, and she hopes to collaborate with companies to do just that.
"So many of them have been given a bad break in life and they just need a second chance," said Schaffner. "There is hope, there is hope. If I can do it, anybody can do it."
To find out more information about the Active Recovery Foundation click here.