By Sierra Baker
The room is busy with loved ones on a Sunday morning. Lynn Davis is managing to make breakfast for a relentless amount of people and help her daughters prepare their children for morning church.
“Nothing makes me happier than having my whole family together in one place,” Lynn says. With three daughters and seven grandchildren, Lynn’s life can be pretty hectic. A crazy day for someone like you and me might be a normal day for Lynn, but she manages her life with a constant smile.
You would never guess meeting Lynn now, but she once led a threatening and dark life—one full of mistakes, trials and tribulations.
It all started at fourteen years old when Lynn first began drinking.
“Alcohol took a shy girl (me), and helped her to become more outgoing, and in my mind I became more fun. Of course, this was all an illusion that alcohol creates,” Lynn says. “Many times, I regretted the way I acted under the influence. Unfortunately, I never could regret it long enough to actually stop.”
Lynn sits at her desk at work at smiles to the clients that come in and out. She is welcoming to all and is constantly wearing that friendly smile.
“She is such a joy to be around,” Diane, a colleague, says. “When you need someone to talk to, you know you can always come to Lynn.”
Looking at Lynn now, you would never for a second guess the path she had been on just a few years back.
Lynn was fourteen years old when she first began drinking alcohol, but it wasn’t until she was 18 that she first began using any type of drug. According to Lynn, she would only use drugs periodically between ages 18 to 26 but did not become addicted until the age of 27. According to Lynn, the use of alcohol led her to more serious drugs. She says she reached a point in her life where alcohol was just not enough for her and that she needed more—something that would give her the high she needed while also keeping her awake so she could continue drinking more alcohol. She chose meth to do this job and very quickly got addicted.
At age 35 Lynn became pregnant with her daughter and at 38 became pregnant again with another daughter. These pregnancies caused Lynn to stop her drug usage so she could care for her children. Unfortunately, this sober period in her life only lasted five years, and once again at age 40 she began using once again.
According to Lynn, she had an amazing job at the Greene County courts where she had already been hired and working. Unfortunately, Lynn could not stay clean long enough to pass a drug test. Even when she knew when a drug test would be performed, she could not clean up. This was in 2002.
“This was a breaking point for me,” Lynn says, “but not the breaking point.”
Lynn began to clean herself up after this, but it only lasted a short period of time before she was back down her life-threatening path. By 2008, according to Lynn, she was a full time addict, worse than she had ever been before.
In 2008 Lynn’s marriage fell apart, and she was forced to move out along with her youngest daughter. At this time in her life she had lost her interest in alcohol but was strongly addicted to meth.
“I truly could not function without the ‘help’ of meth,” Lynn says.
When Lynn wasn’t on the drug, she would only sleep and stress about the next place she could find the drug and get her fix. While Lynn was on the drug, she would stay up for days without sleep.
During this time, Lynn worked in a law office as a paralegal where she had been working for the past four years. No one, including Lynn’s doctor, knew about her drug addiction and she was too embarrassed to ask for help. Toward the end of 2008, after Lynn’s marriage failed, she became depressed and began missing a lot of work. Her doctor took her off work for a month in hopes to help her recover. In December of 2008, her employers were unable to hold her job for her, so she ended up being laid off.
By this time, Lynn had maxed out her credit cards, accumulating $7,000 in debt to pay for her drugs. And being laid off from work, she no longer had the access to a big check to help her pay for her drugs.
“Losing my job was actually a blessing in disguise,” Lynn says. “I knew I was going to use this time to try and free myself from my drug abuse.”
February 18, 2009 was a life changing and memorable day for Lynn—the day she knew she was finished with her drug addictions.
“I had never felt this strongly about something before in my life,” Lynn says.
Although this was the day the drug usage was finally put to silence, her battle was far from over. According to Lynn, she was a private drug abuser; ashamed and embarrassed of her drug addiction, she made sure no one knew about it.
“People probably knew I had problems,” Lynn says, “but no one knew I was addicted to drugs.”
Even as Lynn finally decided she was going to free herself from her drug addiction she still would not speak to anyone for help. Lynn began going to church and finding her help through reading the Bible.
“I did not talk to anyone about how I was addicted, except to God,” Lynn says.
Lynn began to seek help through Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, classes from the church she began attending. She also listened to CD’s on healing and found an accountability partner in a very close wise friend of hers named Norm, who was also a recovered alcoholic and drug addict. Lynn continued to keep how badly she was addicted a secret, but in doing so she was actively seeking help.
“I wanted to get better for my children,” Lynn says.
In the end, she reached her goal and now has no desire for drugs or alcohol as she has now been clean for nearly seven years.
Seeing Lynn now versus then, you would question if it was the same person.
Today, she lives in a beautiful home with her daughter and her husband Michael, whom she remarried. Lynn has two other full-grown daughters, one with a husband and the other engaged. She has seven grandchildren with four boys and three girls whom she loves and sees regularly. Lynn currently attends North Point Church and is back working in the legal community.
Lynn hopes to focus her free time on her family, she holds many family dinners and enjoys every second she can spend with them. She hopes to retire within the next ten years and start an “all naturals” company with her oldest daughter selling homemade and all natural products.
“I’ve been through a lot throughout my young life from the heartbreaks that follow from living in a ‘party’ home and a drug-abused home,” says Lynn’s youngest daughter Naiomi, who had been the only daughter living with her mom during every up and every down. “Nothing makes me happier than seeing how much my mom has grown from her experiences and seeing her turn into this loving woman. I think watching my mom win the battle over drug addiction and alcohol abuse has helped be grow into a young woman who knows anything is possible.”