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Even after going home, patients at The Oxford Centre can get follow-up help at outpatient offices in Oxford and Tupelo.

Emily, a 20-year-old former patient, said she was stealing from her family to fund her addiction to morphine, Xanax and heroin before she came to The Oxford Centre.

“I was lying, hurting everyone around me,” she said. “It was pretty heartbreaking for my family and close friends.”

Emily had already been through detox several times, but residential treatment was different.

“The staff and the other patients were great; my time there gave me a complete 180-degree turn,” she said. “I’ll have a year clean and sober next month on the 18th.”

Given the chance to speak to someone else whose addiction is tearing his or her life apart, Emily said, “The most important part is to want to have help. You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped.

“It’s a long process, and it’s terrifying at first. I would tell them to hold on and not give up,” she said. “Miracles happen every day. I am one.”

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com