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Hooked: Autumn’s Awakening

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – This month Fort Wayne’s NBC is working on an in-depth series called “Hooked: The Opioid Epidemic Hits Home.”  As part of that series we’ve talked with police officers, a judge and pain management specialists.  During this part of the series we spoke with people in the Fort who are currently struggling with heroin addiction, and some who have been able to get clean.

One of the most compelling stories comes from Autumn Dennis.  She’s a Fort Wayne mom who opened up about the havoc her drug use has caused on her life… and on her daughter’s life.  She described how she went to prison in Florida for grand theft.  During her time behind bars she turned her life over to God.  She moved back to Fort Wayne and rebuilt her relationships with her family members.  She and her daughter have been side-by-side ever since.   But as you’ll see in the stories, even though Autumn has overcome the addiction, heroin still manage to cause more harm in their lives.

On Sunday nights Autumn and Ella head downtown with a group called “The Misfits” to bring food to the hungry.  Most importantly though, the members of the group share their stories of redemption.

At one point we asked Autumn how she became comfortable enough to share her story.  “I would rather save someone’s life than save my reputation,” she said.

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