Kandice Spencer: boring is good
Born to a middle class family and schooled at Arizona State, the funk of a failed marriage led Kandice to try crack on a whim. In one month the drug ruined her life. Now jobless and homeless, she slummed with fellow addicts. A strong rehab program saved her life. But then years later she drifted into bad company, and meth was there. Kandice did stop for 2 1/2 years while pregnant with two sons, and both of them were doing well. But she and her partner then made a truly horrible decision, taking a hit of meth to celebrate how well things were going in recovery. A two-year tailspin followed, landing her in jail, him in prison, and her kids briefly in foster care. Foster care was the jolt that finally awoke her. Kandice has now has been clean for six years, has her family back intact and has risen from receptionist to office manager at work. She lives for family time now, and has learned to thrive on the routines and seeming tedium of everyday.