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Aug 16, 2012 10:16 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Marana mother recovers from meth addiction with "MOMs" program

TUCSON- A Marana mother is slowly putting her life back together, after years of battling a meth addiction.

It's all thanks to a three-year-grant awarded to the UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women, or SIROW.

Andreea Kaylor, 33, is a former meth addict and mother of six children, soon to be seven. "I'm just trying to learn how to be a better mother without relying on using drugs," Kaylor says.

Kaylor's probation officer recently told her about a program called Mothers of Minors, or "MOMs". It's run by SIROW, aimed at helping mothers who have drug addictions and who just miss the cut for state-funded care because their income is a little too high.

"We would work with those women so they can take a short break from work, while they focus on treatment and get services for themselves, children and family," SIROW Research Professor Rosi Andrade says.

SIROW recently received a $1.6 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It helps provide two months of residential drug treatment, counseling and classes. "They teach you how to set boundaries and have good coping skills," Kaylor says.

She will graduate from the program in September. She hopes to one day counsel other women with drug addictions. For now, her main focus is being a strong and healthy woman for her family.

SIROW plans to help about 140 women throughout the grant's three-year-period.

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