Megann’s Fight

Jeani Vidal
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

Megann is 31 years old. I’ve been raising her now 5-year-old, daughter since I intercepted a CPS situation 4 1/2 years ago in Las Vegas. Had I not shown up at that moment my beautiful granddaughter would’ve been in ‘the system’ in Las Vegas.
Megann began her drug life at an early age and used anything and everything she could get her hands on, pills, meth, heroin...and anything a pusher would sell to her. It was her main ‘coping mechanism’ to be high. Sadly, I was her enabler. When she met John, and he got an overnight job as a janitor, the meth use became a nightmare. I supported both of them when he lost his job. I spent years and so much money trying to get them on their feet...locking up my room and hiding my purse in my trunk when I left for work. At one point, I even rented them an apartment and paid for all the expenses. Bought them a car...job searched for them and neither of them ever got work.
The year my mom died and my job situation changed...I made the hardest decision of my life, and left Las Vegas and came home to California. My dad needed me and it was time for Tough Love. I just stopped. Stopped the enabling. I left my daughter and cut off most of the communication and help...then ALL of it. My daughter eventually ‘hit bottom’ when John left her on the streets. Her drug fueled mental issues were too much for anyone and, I think, he thought that if he let her go...she would get help from me. When she called from an ER, I drove and picked her up. Thin, sores all over her body, in pain and weak. Got her to a hospital here in CA where she spent the next six weeks on IV antibiotics to battle the infection which had reached her bones. My daughter was near death from needle use.

That was two years ago.

So much has happened in these past two years. Detox, recovery, mental hospitals, relapse, another recovery, relapse, detox.
John (Mia’s daddy) died of a meth-related heart attack last year. He wanted help, but it was too late. Megann is still working through this grief.

We walk for Shatterproof in his name.

Megann completed her recovery and is living in a sober living house. She started a job last week! She still has mental issues and takes medication for that but, she has come so far. I tell her she is the strongest person I know. I’m very proud of her. California was the best move for her.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

I have applied for ambassador for Shatterproof. For many reasons. Awareness is the big one. My granddaughter walks for her daddy, John and Megann will walk with us this year.