'It's a really good feeling to wake up sober and know that I'm going to be OK'

'It's a really good feeling to wake up sober and know that I'm going to be OK'

EUGENE, Ore. - Meth consumed Carolyn Plato's life

"I started using meth when I was 14," she said, "and I'm 46 now."

Drug abuse robbed her of her son.

"I was lost, pretty much," she said. "Once I lost him there was pretty much nothing else to keep me sober, so I continued to spiral downward."

To keep up with her $200 per day meth habit, she stole $500 worth of merchandise daily from stores.

She's not alone.

Kameron Baszler started using meth when she was 10. Drugs landed her behind bars for 7 years.

"It was hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I was going to go to prison, because even though I was committing crimes, there's still a weird part of your brain where you are using drugs that tells you it's fine, it's going to be OK," she said.

But it wasn't OK.
    
"I had never been sober long enough to know like what my personality was like, or what I liked or what I didn't like, or do I like bowling or do I not like bowling," Baszler said.

Today, both women are sober - and for the first time in years, they get to kiss their children good night.
    
For that, they credit Sponsors and the newly opened Bothy House.

"It's a really good feeling to wake up sober and know that I'm going to be OK," Plato said.
    
Paul Solomon from Sponsors said it's the first facility in Oregon that gives women recently released from prison a home for them and their children.

In this environment, Plato and Baszler are putting regrets and shame aside to learn what it's like to be a mother.

"I was able to keep her in my room and paint her toes and just spend time together," Baszler said, "and there is us just hanging out. She just looks so happy."

"He has this Spiderman costume he likes to put on before bed and watch Spiderman," Plato said of her son.
    
Solomon said this house is more than just a home: it breaks the cycle of addiction and crime.

"Hopefully by teaching women how to be good parents will decrease the likelihood they'll wind up back in the system and that their children will ever wind up in the system," he said.

"I'm just determined to stay on the right track and just prove to everybody that I can do this," Baszler said, "because I know I can."