Hip hop, faith, family help save former heroin addict's life

Kristin Minthorn her faith, her family and her desire of fitness and dance for helping her recovery. Dance and fitness became her new passion. She says it helped turn her life around. (WSYX/WTTE)

HILLIARD, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- With every sway, every hop Kristin Minthorn keeps a step away from a life she's left behind.

"I started using, abusing prescription drugs when I was in middle school," Minthorn said.

As you watch her teach her hip hop class in Hilliard, it's hard to imagine the life she danced away from.

"I just got really heavy into pills, eventually I tried my first opiate. And I thought, 'Oh, this is it. I found this. This is heaven,'" she said.

Kristin was your average teenager: a cheerleader, popular in school. But in school, she said she was able to find drugs to satisfy a deep-rooted craving.

"A lof of the A.D.D. kids didn't want to take their medicine," Minthorn said, "So they would give them to me."

Her desire for drugs continued off-and-on for about seven years. To help her quit, Minthorn took Saboxone, a drug which helps keep cravings at bay. But after two years, she still had an appetite for pills. The Saboxone wasn't working.

"I became suicidal and they took me to Riverside," Minthorn said.

She detoxed and doctors took her off the drug that was supposed to save her life.

Minthorn turned to a higher power for help: she renewed her faith in God.

"People always say 'good job. How did you do it?' And I say it really wasn't me."

She credits her faith, her family and her desire of fitness and dance for helping her recovery. Dance and fitness became her new passion. She says it helped turn her life around.

"Getting in touch with our bodies can be so healing," Minthorn said.

Now she wants to take her love for hip hop and use what she's learned to give back. She wants to help people stay high on life, not drugs. Minthorn plans to bring her hip hop classes to recovery houses.

If you'd like more information about her classes, contact the gym where she works out, Mighty Mick's Gym.

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