Region 8 Woman Hopes To Help Other Recovering Addicts Stay On The Right Track

February 25, 2005 -- Posted at 8:30 p.m. CST

Paragould, AR -- "With every part of me I didn't want to use drugs, but I was just helpless not to," said Sunny Brawley.

Her family calls them "lost years".

Sunny Brawley admits she was a slave to drugs for nearly 15 years.

It wasn't until after several trips to rehab that she decided to free herself from the hold drugs had on her.

"I'd do the drugs, and then I would feel bad about doing them. I came back home, but didn't really know if I could come back home," said Brawley.

She did come back home and says she rededicated her life to God and her family.

She has been clean for several years, and is now hoping to set an example for others.

"I've dealt with their parents, and now their kids are following in the same footsteps their parents are in. I want them to know there is another way to live, and another way to be happy," said Brawley.

The project close to her heart now is the Agape House.

It may be broken and run down now, but it will be fixed up for women who need a healthy environment after rehab.

"We want to give them a safe place to come to learn how to live in society. It's a transitional home to give them an in between place," said Brawley.

The home was donated, and will be rent free for the next year.

It will provide a roof for eight women--but plans for a more spacious home are already on the horizon.

"We would like to help women, men and even some families in the future," said Brawley.

Through the love and support of her family and church she says life is much better.

Now that the dark cloud of drugs has passed......Sunny says her future is bright.