Fargo woman celebrates first sober Thanksgiving in over two years

FARGO, N.D. (KVLY) Most are still recovering from a day full of food, family and friends, and for Elizabeth Barr it was no different. However, this year there was a lot more to be thankful for.

"Oh god, a year ago? I was strung out doing whatever I could. I mean, I was doing anything I could get my hands on. Whether it was meth, heroin, pills, whatever. I was doing it," Barr said.

Barr says she often looks back on her most recent mug shot that was taken just days before Christmas 2018.

"I was 90 pounds and I looked like I should have been dead. There are a few times I probably should have," she said.

After countless trips to jail, the hospital and rehab, Barr says this was her first sober Thanksgiving in over two years.

"My life revolved around drugs and I robbed anybody, like my family, I took money from them, whatever. I mean, I was terrible so I'm just thankful they're still on my side," Barr said.

She also says November marks her ninth month being drug-free.

"I'm thankful to be here. I'm thankful to have my son, my sister, my step-daughter, everything. I'm just thankful for everything," Barr said.

Barr says of course there are still tough days, but she says it's her family and that mugshot that keep her focused and motivated

"I was like, 'I don't want to keep doing this. My son deserves a better mom. My family deserves a better sister, daughter and all that.' There's a lot of people who are counting on me. My son relies on me, so I gotta be good," Barr said.

She says she shares her recovery story on Facebook often, not only to keep herself accountable, but to inspire others as well.

"If I can do it, I know everybody else can do it," Barr said.

If you know someone suffering from addiction, below are a list of a few local facilities who offer help and support:

https://www.idealoption.com/
https://www.thevillagefamily.org/content/first-step-recovery
https://sharehouse.org/
https://communitymedicalservices.org/locations-north-dakota-fargo.htm
http://centreinc.org/