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After overdose and help, Ludington woman transforms life, earns Impact Award

March 2, 2018 GMT

Amanda Franklin of Ludington shook hands with state legislators and other state officials Feb. 21 while they honored her as one of Michigan’s employment success stories.

The event was a great leap for Franklin, who hit rock bottom on Aug. 4, 2012 — the day her then 7-year-old son found her suffering from an overdose of drugs.

“He found me overdosed in the bathtub and he turned the water off and kept me from drowning,” Franklin recalled.

“I was in and out of consciousness and the look of fear in his eyes told it all,” she said.

Her turnaround was actually not a great leap forward as much as a leap and many small steps that were made easier by the support she received from many sources, including Michigan Works!, which gave her one of the state’s Impact Awards for her work with recovering drug addicts.

She does that work as a peer recovery coach for West Michigan Community Mental Health (WMCMH). It’s a job Michigan Works! helped her land.

“I interviewed many candidates. What I was looking for in a peer was someone who can help another person take the steps they need to take for their own recovery — someone who can demystify what recovery looks like,” Josh Snyder of WMCMH said about hiring Franklin. “There were several quality candidates in the interviews and she demonstrated she could do that really well.”

Snyder was also honored with an Impact Award.

Franklin also received a special tribute from state Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, and state Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.

“It’s one of the coolest things I own. It’s got my story on it,” Franklin said. “It was such an honor.”

Read the full story in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News print and eEditions.