The Recovery Zone: Helping people recover from addiction

It's a place where people can come and not be judged. A place where people can find themselves and get help for their addiction. (WSYX/WTTE)

It's a place where people can come and not be judged. A place where people can find themselves and get help for their addiction.

Kathy Zeller knows the place all too well. She's the director of the "Recovery Zone" in Bellefontaine.

Everyone who works here is in recovery, including Zeller.

"I was one of those people, a drug user. I was a danger to the community, not the loving mother, not the accomplished professional, but just a criminal, " said Zeller.

Zeller started battling substance dependency and addiction after a medical condition.

"I drew lines in the sand, I'm not going to use the pills while I'm driving. I'm not going to take the pain medication while I'm at work. Slowly those lines began to disappear, " Zeller said.

She says she lost a good paying job and more importantly lost time with her family.

But about two years ago, after going through treatment, she found The Recovery Zone.

"I showed up here. I came to a meeting," she said.

And she hasn't left. She volunteered and now she's the director.

Recovery Zone helps those addicted, providing them with counseling, helps provide meals and helps people find the treatment they need.

Zeller says while her job is to help others overcome their addiction, she knows the job also helps her stay on track.

"You have to make something good out of it, " Zeller said. "You have to. All of the pain has to be for something. "

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