Central Ohio woman using personal story of addiction recovery to help others

Jennifer Scherer, 36, was scheduled to be a key speaker at the Arnold's Yogathon. (Photo: Scherer)

COLUMBUS, Ohio —2020年欧预赛赛程 No matter how far we bend, eventually we break.

Jennifer Scherer knows that and can tell you the exact moment she broke.

2020年欧预赛赛程"16 months and 12 days," she said. "Yeah, I know it almost down to the hour."

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2020年欧预赛赛程Scherer is a mother of four, ages 14 to 7. After her last child was born, she felt lost and disconnected from her family. She turned to alcohol. Two surgeries on her arm meant prescriptions to pain medication and a lot of it.

2020年欧预赛赛程She turned to the streets and, with it, harder drugs. She lost her children and was arrested several times. The last arrest came on October 23, 2018.

Scherer during her addiction (Scherer)

She broke.

"I knew I wanted something different," she said. "I just didn't know how to do that."

At Jackson Pike, she got in a program called Pathways. It's implemented by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and tries to reduce the likelihood of adult female offenders by focusing on mental illness and substance use disorders.

One of the ways they do that is with yoga.

"And then there was all sorts of colors again in my crayon box," Scherer said.

While serving five months, Scherer hit the mat. It was a place all to herself.

"Yoga brought a peace in my life that I haven't had forever, it felt like," she said.

2020年欧预赛赛程She got out of jail in March of 2019. Saturday, March 7 will mark one year. She now focuses on her health and recovery. She recently saw her 7-year-old son again, which was the first time in five years.

But, it's not just about her.

2020年欧预赛赛程"We're not just alcoholics or drug addicts," she said. "We're people. We're mothers. We're daughters. We're sisters."

At this year's Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Scherer was scheduled to be a key speaker at Yogathon, however, it as canceled due to the threat of the coronavirus.

2020年欧预赛赛程Still, she spreads her message.

"That it's possible and that [addicts] are worth it," she said. "Recovery is possible. There's a lot of people dying, but there's a lot of people recovering, as well. And, it's possible, and today my pain is my purpose."