FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The final day of the opioid summit wrapped up yesterday (thur) with testimony from a success story proving that if someone wants sobriety bad enough, they can recover.
On June 15th 2016, Vinnie Blue - who was 28 years old at the time - was arrested at the Chena Pump Boat Launch after being found with drugs and syringes on her person.
She was booked at Fairbanks Correctional Center, where she spent two months in jail thinking about her choices, her children, and the life she was leading.
Then on August 2nd, Blue was given a second a chance.
She was released from F-C-C early after being the first person to take advantage of Senate Bill 91, which allowed her to forgo jail time for treatment.
Blue says she took sobriety one day at a time and never used - and today, she has a new outlook on life.
She has custody of her two children, is in a loving relationship, and is just three weeks shy of finishing her probation with no violations.
Vinnie Blue; Recovering Addict >> "I had a feeling inside myself. I was tired; I was tired of living this way. In my heart I wanted it, I didn't want to live the way I was living anymore, I didn't want to be homeless, I didn't want to be a mother who could not raise her children. I wanted to be a productive member of society. My life is 100% different than it used to be. I'm a mother of two beautiful children, my life is amazing, I would have never thought that I could be in this position that I am today."