Tara Moore had a good life — two beautiful children and a rewarding career as a nurse — until drug addiction took it all.
Now drug-free for 18 months, Moore is open about her addiction and the numerous problems it created for her, as well as her family and friends.
For three years, Moore fought her way back to sobriety. She’s been through five or six rehabilitation programs.
She is set to get her children back permanently this week and is working on getting her nursing license reinstated.
She continues to try to make amends to those she hurt as part of her ongoing treatment plan.
“It’s been very difficult, very challenging,” she is quick to point out.
She also knows better than most the steps required to put your life back on track.
Funded through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grant, Moore and Amanda Belcher are working as peer recovery coaches to help others navigate those steps.
Belcher is also a recovering addict.
“We are both in long-term recovery,” Moore explained.
The two are working with Wyoming County Day Report and several other agencies in order to connect those with substance abuse disorders to the necessary resources.
Thus far, six people are enrolled in the program.
In Wyoming County, a lot of the problem is the stigma of addiction, Moore noted.
“They look at addicts as trash; they think they can’t get any better,” Moore said.
“Amanda and I are what recovery looks like,” she emphasized. “We want people to see what recovery looks like.
“Helping other people helps me,” Moore said. “People can get better — if they want to.
“We’re here to help. Even if you can only stay clean for five minutes, we’re here to help you get through the next five minutes.”
To help others struggling with addiction, both Moore and Belcher have gone through several training programs and continue to do so.
They have organized Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each Friday at noon in the brown house located next to Cook Memorial Baptist Church in Pineville.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings are conducted each Wednesday at 6:30 at the Mullens Opportunity Center (MOC) in Mullens.
Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings.
Moore said the two can provide several services for those with addictions, including setting goals and assistance meeting those goals, transportation, obtaining a birth certificate or Social Security card, as well as referring program participants to second chance programs, detox programs, long-term or short-term recovery programs, sobriety houses, among numerous other available services.
Additionally, they hope to educate the general public about recovery.
“Having a support system is definitely the key to recovery — having sober people tell you what you need to do,” Moore emphasized.
“If I can help one person — just one person — it’s all been worth it.”
For more information or assistance, visit the office located in the Riverside Complex, across from Pineville Public Library, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., or call 304-732-0028; or call Tara Moore at 304-380-7774 or Amanda Belcher at 304-894-6015.