Opioids are a problem nationwide, and right here in the Tri-State, many know how opioids can ruin lives.
From selling almost every drug in the book and going to jail for it, an Evansville woman knows all too well what can happen...but she went from a dealer to healer.
From cooking, to cleaning, to helping her kids do their homework she's your typical working mother.
But her life wasn't always this simple.
"I would be with my Hello Kitty back pack up and down my neighborhood selling marijuana," Brittany Finch says.
Meet Brittany Finch.
"What I sold was extensive, I would sell anything from heroine, cocaine, crack, ecstasy and marijuana," Finch says.
A straight A student, with dreams to become a lawyer. But those dreams quickly spiraled out of control.
Finch says, "Of course I got kicked out of college and became a full time dancer instead of a pre-law student which is a big difference."
The love money and how to get it lead her to the life of a drug dealer. Not caring if it was a deadly batch, only focused on the next dollar, the next buy.
"You don't care, You don't know what's in drugs," Finch explains.
Until Finch was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, a rock bottom that became a fortunate stroke of serendipity.
"The first thing they did was they took my daughter from me and she went straight to foster care and I went straight to jail," Finch says. "And that's when it changed."
After she was convicted, Finch started her life over. Six months out fo jail she got her daughter La'Maya back, and later graduated from The University of Evansville.
It was a transition that took time, but deep down she knew her purpose was something bigger.
Finch became a registered nurse specializing in substance abuse. And now, Finch opens up in hopes her story will help others, because it already has.
"Brittany was always an inspiration to me and she's really the reason why I've got where I am today," Jasmine Batts says.
Batts was suicidal, but music and Brittany's story touched her life, literally.
"When she was up and I was down, she would build me up so now when she falls she's built me up to a place where I can also pick her up," Batts says. "It's really a blessing."
Arlinda Payne, a registered nurse who works with Finch says, "I think Brittany's story will help a lof of people, it was an eyeopener for me."
Finch lives her life as openly as possible, working as a registered nurse with people who are in that dark place she was years ago.
"I would never touch a stick of my past of what it was, so it's giving people hope they can make it no matter how ugly their past was," Finch says.
Drugs and addiction have a left a mark on Finch's life.
"If it's not taking it or selling it or doing it, my friends are getting murdered from it because they're selling it," Finch says.
So she shares her story about her second chance, hoping to help anyone she can.
"I don't care what you're going through right now, dust it off and pick yourself up because you can make it," Finch says.
Finch is writing a book called "My Poetic Testimony." She says she has 10 chapters done, and hopes to get it finished by next year.
(This story was originally published November 22, 2017)
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