Former Ice Addict On The Road To Recovery

(KHNL) It's a drug that has crippled many lives in Hawaii. Crystal meth, or ice, continues to make its way into headlines. But what you don't often hear are the success stories.

In many ways, Sasha Myers is just like us. She goes to work everyday and loves spending time with her family. But not too long ago, she led a very different life.

"I started stealing and I ended up getting into a lot of things that I promised myself  I wouldn't do, one of them being prostitution" says Myers.

It all started when Sasha was just 13. That's when her cousins introduced her to crystal meth.

"And from that time on it was all over. I fell in love with crystal meth, I loved the way it made me feel. It made me feel beautiful."

She says it also made her forget her problems.

"One of the issues that I had to deal with was being adopted. My real mom not being in my life, I was subjected to a lot of physical abuse growing up. Also being raped, being molested by family members."

Sasha says the drug made her life spiral out of control. She spent 13 years, basically half her life, doing anything and everything to get that fix.

"My definition of prostitution is basically giving up my body for an even trade, whether it's for drugs, money, jewelry, clothing and that's what I fell into."

She had four outstanding arrest warrants, was moving from house to house and knew this life of desperation had to end.

"My spirit died, I didn't know who I was. I remember asking myself the question, where is my life headed? It came to the point where, if I continued this path, I was going to die, and I wasn't willing to die."

So in the summer of 1997, Sasha took her first step towards recovery. She turned herself in, and spent six months in jail for drug possession. She cleaned up and went back to school. This Farrington High School dropout got her G.E.D., and graduated from college with degrees in accounting and business administration.

Sasha now works as a case manager for Care Hawaii.

"A lot of the community resources that she provides, actually at one time, she utilized them as well, so I think that's the strength she brings to our team" says Analu Cuban, program manager for Care Hawaii.

Sasha is also pursuing a degree in psychology, and hopes to one day help teens and adults with their road to recovery.

"I  feel real blessed because there were so many instances that I should've, could've, would've died. Spiritually, I did die, but today, I have a spirit no one can touch" says Myers.