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Now Sober, Austin Woman Recounts Life As An Addict: 'Crack Ripped Everything From Me'

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon
Roxanne Strong says when she saw her baby granddaughter for the first time her "heart stopped," and she knew she had to get sober.

Roxanne Strong works the front desk at the Salvation Army'sshelter in downtown Austin and is often the first point of contact for people seeking help. She's passionate about her job and says it brings her "overwhelming joy."

Ten years ago, it was Strong who came to the shelter. At that time, she had been an addict for years.

Strong talked with KUT's Jennifer Stayton about her journey from addiction to what she calls her "dream come true" life.

Listen to the extended interview: 

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.
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