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First Woman Goes Through Life Transformation Program

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One woman is celebrating a new beginning after she graduated from the new Life Transformation Program at the City Rescue Mission of Lansing.

"I wasn't breathing, I was dead," remembers Amy Howington.

It was January of 2012. Amy Howington had a few friends over. They were  and she dropped.

"They revived me twice more on the way to the hospital and I believe twice more at the hospital," she says. Howington says her battle started about ten years ago and progressively got worse. "I was a raging alcoholic."

And it took over every aspect of her life.

"I never went without alcohol. I mean, I worked seven days a week, worked the 7 to 7, 7p.m. to 7a.m. shift and had a bottle of vodka with me at all times."

That is until she ended up in the hospital. Doctors had to perform heart surgery to repair the damage she had done.

"They did the surgery and said ok you can never drink again, not one drop it will kill you. Go home."

Howington knew she couldn't go home. Instead, she came to the City Rescue Mission and became the first woman to take part in the Life Transformation Program.

"It is a one year, in-house, residential program for substance abuse," said Tiffany Wilkinson, Director of Women and Children's Ministries.

For decades the non-profit has worked with men to tackle drug and alcohol problems, but Howington was the first woman.

"I have a 12-year-old that at that time was 11 which was very, very hard but I also knew if I didn't do the program, I wouldn't be around for my next birthday or her next birthday," said Howingtown.

For the last year, she's worked to fight her  through classes, counseling and faith.

"I don't know any other way to describe it than the Lord gave me strength to do it because I didn't have it on my own," said Howington.

Now, her time here is over. She'll be out on her own, but this time, with a clear mind. And while she admits the temptations may be there, she knows she has just once choice: sobriety.

"Do I want to roll the dice and see if that drink is going to kill me? No, I don't."

The City Rescue Mission has more resources and wants to help eight women this year. For information about the men or women's Life Transformation Program call 517-485-0145.

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