JOHNSTOWN (WRGB) - A local woman started her recovery, right as the pandemic hit.
"My addiction started when I was about 16 years old with pain medication that I was given by a doctor.”
That was just the beginning for Jami Blowers, who spent the next 15 years on what she called a dark road.
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After losing her sister to an overdose in 2016, Blowers moved to Florida, hoping a change of scenery might help.
But things only got worse. Blowers says,
“I lost everything; my housing, my job, my kids, my family, everything. So, at that point, I went from jail, institutions, and close to death.”
It wasn’t until early 2020, when the world was about to enter one of its most difficult times, that Jami decided to come home and do something.
With help from organizations like the Rob Constantine Recovery Center in Johnstown, that started to change.
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Jami found strength in doing something that once seemed impossible, at such a difficult time, saying,
“That was my power, my power was like all going on around me and I got this, I can do it, I can change. There’s so much bad going on in the world, I can do it.”
Friday will mark 362 days since New York’s first COVID case was confirmed, 345 days sober for Jami, and her birthday.