COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — When guiding someone living with addiction towards help, Barbara Clark doesn’t just talk the talk; she walks the walk like only someone who’s walked in their shoes could do.
“Name it, I’ve done it,” she said.
It’s a path she says she stumbled down until exhaustion won out.
“One drug led to another until it ended up being heroin and crack all day every day for 20 years,” she said.
Today, Barbara is clean and sober, sharing her story with others outside the Ohio State University African-American and African Studies Community Extension Center on Mount Vernon Avenue.
For one week only, the center is a one-stop shop for those who have finally had enough of the running.
Making fighting and preventing addiction an ongoing priority, Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheeka Roberts spearheaded the week-long “walk in for recovery” in east Columbus and at six other locations throughout the city.
Fentanyl test strips, Narcan, and even transportation to detox and rehab for people who are ready are available for those who walk-in, whether they have insurance or not.
These locations strive to be all-are-welcome, all-encompassing, hands-on help centers for everyone, from those battling the disease of addiction personally to their friends and family.
It’s a fight Clark knows all too well.
She’s been winning the battle for 16 years and she celebrates her sobriety by turning the problems of her past into purpose.
“And when I was out there I asked myself why am I going through this? Why me? But it was for today. To be that voice, to be that person to say if I can do it you can do it,” said Clark.
For a list of all the Walk in for Recovery locations and their schedules, tap or click here.