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Published June 19, 2013, 10:05 PM

Moorhead woman has new life outlook after breaking past 10-year-long Meth addiction

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - For nearly a decade meth had its grip on Tricia Livingston.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - For nearly a decade meth had its grip on Tricia Livingston.

It wasn't until she hit rock bottom that she decided to get help. But by that point, she'd lost custody of her children and was headed to prison.

I'm outside the Lost and Found Ministry, a local organization known to help addicts. In fact, it was a place of welcoming warmth to Tricia and a place where she now volunteers six years after being clean.

She grew up in a family, where it was considered the 'norm' to use drugs.

Tricia Livingston, Recovering Addict: "I think the first time I did Meth I was thirteen but I didn't like it. I tried it again when I was 16 and it was pretty much every day after that."

An addiction.

Livingston: "Energy, feeling invincible a total boost of self-confidence. Just felt unstoppable like I could do anything."

Meth would hold her in its grasp for 10 years.

Livingston: "I needed to be high in order to get out of bed in the morning and do things as simple as brush my teeth and shower."

Tricia says she could barely take care of herself, let alone her two small children. Homelessness and couch surfing were a way of life.

Livingston: "My boyfriends always had dope and sold dope so I never had to work. I had a couple of jobs here and there until I got my first paycheck and then I'd spend my paycheck on drugs and not go back to work."

Eventually Tricia's dealers got busted. But by that point her life was in a downward spiral.

Livingston: "I looked like I was ready to die. My eyes were sunk in and I'd lost three teeth."

And she was closer and closer to losing custody of her children, forever.

Livingston: "Check myself into Robinson Recovery Center in July of 2007 and then in August they told me I'd never see my kids again."

Tricia would leave rehab in February of 2008 but that wouldn't be the end of her story. She'd be indicted on drug charges, spending 15 months in Federal Prison.

Looking back Tricia says she feels as though she wasted some of her life away but everything happens for a reason.

Livingston: "I wouldn't be able to have the outlook that I have and have hope because for so long there was nothing better and I didn't have anything to look forward to. My possibilities are limitless now. There is nothing I can't do if I just have to put my mind to it."

As I mentioned Tricia has been in recovery for six years. She still attends weekly meetings and has a full-time job. Until her children turn 18 then, only if they decide they want to see her, will she ever see them again.