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UPDATE: 20-Year-Old Heroin Addict Whose Story We've Been Following, Clean for 60 Days

DAYTON -- A mother and daughter duo in the Miami Valley are spreading hope, now that the daughter is drug-free after a long battle with heroin addiction.

"I feel 100 percent better; it's awesome to not wake up sick everyday. It's been a long time -- probably about four years since I've felt this good," said a hopeful April Erion via Skype from Florida.

Her mother's name is Lori. "I don't want to cry, but she's beautiful, she's really beautiful," Lori said, full of emotion.

The 20 year old has been clean now for about 60 days. Heroin was her drug.

"There's nothing in the eyes ... there's just nothing there," Lori said referring to when April was high. "And today they're just full of life, really full of life, and excitement and they glisten."

We introduced you to the Erions in early April, when Lori had April arrested after she was stealing from her to buy drugs. She talked to us in May strung out, and again in June. Two months ago, April had enough, and found a treatment center in Florida.

"It's nice not to have a trigger every time I drive down the street," April explained.

That's not to say recovery has been a picnic. One day she really wanted to use, but immersed herself in treatment.
 
"It's just so awesome to have a support network like they have down here."

That very network is one Lori would like to set up in the Miami Valley so people can recover closer to home. She's already started Families of Addicts, with a weekly support group, and she would like to build a recovery community here.

"Talking about it out in public like this, having my meetings, and developing the community like they have here, there," Lori explained.

"She really supports me a lot and helps me out with the stuff I need to do and I'm really grateful for her every single day," April said.

So while the two get in a great visit, they are both very hopeful for the future.

"It was really hopeless, I didn't think there was help anywhere. I thought rehab is rehab is rehab. I said I've already been it's not going to work," April said. "But the grass is really greener on the other side, you just have to really want it. And you have to be willing to work for it."

 
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