Women in a drug treatment program get a day of pampering

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By Arrianee LeBeau KVAL News

Women in a drug treatment program got a full day of pampering at a downtown eugene salon today. The women said they look as good outside as they feel inside.

"It was killing me daily and slowly, I was a drinker that I drank 24/7 every day and it basically consumed me," Tracie Peron said.

Peron battled alcoholism for 26 years. She said after being accepted into Willamette Family she was given the tools needed to help fight the disease.

Peron spent 60 days in the Willamette Family Treatment Center. She said having a new look will give her confidence when she enters back into society.

"I'm a new person changing every day inside and I want a new look on the outside," Peron said.

Peron was one of many women who were chosen to get a makeover for doing well in their drug treatment programs. Stylists at the "Hair By Laurie" salon in downtown Eugene volunteerd their services free of charge. 

Blu Clark is a stylist at the salon and a recovered methamphetamine addict. He said pampering the women for a job well done is his way of giving back.

"Now that I'm in the beauty industry I can give back more than what I got when I was in treatment. I can have people come in here and do something for them that really makes them feel great," Clark said.

Most of the women said they received professional hair cuts and coloring for the first time. Deanna Haaby is recovering from marijuana and alcohol abuse. She said her makeover is a new beginning. 

"The last 12 years of my life has been a roller coaster and now I'm starting on this new journey in my life. It's a first and it feels really good to do it," Deanna Haaby said. 

Peron said the road to recovery will be an every day struggle but her new makeover gives her hope that she   can make that change in her life. 
 

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