Patrica Ward, center, prays with her daughter, left, and EGH organizer Alice Snodgrass, right. Ward credits God and prayer, as well as Judge Todd Ross's drug "Recovery Court" program, with turning her life around. (photos by Jeff Bobo)
ROGERSVILLE — Anyone who doubts the power of prayer can speak to recovering drug addict Patricia Ward for inspiration.
Ward was arrested on March 1 after someone spotted her preparing to shoot up Opana in her vehicle, behind the wheel, while stopped at the intersection of Rt. 66 and Rt. 70 in Rogersville.
While in jail Ward took advantage of jail ministry programs, and has vowed to stay clean.
“I got my life right with God, and my kids, and I’ve got everything back that I had lost, plus more,” she said. “I was really bad on prescription drugs for about five years. I couldn’t (overcome addition) without God. I know I couldn’t.”
Ward attended Sunday’s organized “Prayer Walk” outside the Hawkins County Justice Center where 265 inmates are currently incarcerated.
“I’m going to pray for everybody inside here because I know how they feel right now, and they need it,” Ward said. “I just served 28 days, and that was 28 days without my kids, so it was like a lifetime.”
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