USA (PRWEB) November 20, 2014
She had been crowned Miss USA, but this did not stop her from falling susceptible to drug abuse. Tara Conner faced an uphill battle to overcome her addiction, according to WYFF.
She made an inspiring speech to a crowded room to mark the 15th anniversary of Greenville County Drug Court, which aims to offer an alternative to imprisonment for the criminals of South Carolina. It hopes their alternatives – which include counseling – have more of an impact on their future than a jail term would. More than 3,700 people have in the scheme at any one time, and Ms Conner believes it's a life-changing initiative.
Conner was Miss USA in 2006, and owing to her high profile, she had to fight her addiction in an exceptionally public arena. However, she insists that drug dependency didn't make her a bad person – just someone who was sick and trying to get better.
She told reporters: "Our past and our mistakes don't have to define the person we become."
Now an ambassador that tries to help youngsters avoid drugs altogether, activists in the region have hailed her powerful story as a deterrent for those who are considering abuse, and an incentive for addicts who feel they are trapped.
Conner believes it's all about changing perceptions, as not every alcoholic is somebody who is swigging whiskey out of a paper bag. Miss USA claims that this image is something that's seared as a stereotype in the minds of many Americans.
Throughout the US, many high-profile stars fall into a trap where they are addicted to drugs or alcohol. But the hope is that they can overcome these demons to resume being a role model to the Americans who see them every day. Tara Conner's story proves that all of this is possible.
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