Former addict celebrates 947 days meth free, helps community att - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Former addict celebrates 947 days meth free, helps community attack addiction

Posted: Updated:

After decades of struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine, Bill Morris now uses his past to lead others towards a brighter future as a peer mentor at Rimrock Foundation, the addiction treatment center in Billings. 

"It's kind of unbelievable that I would be working at a facility like this after the life that I lived," Morris said. 

Morris said he was just 14 years old when he began down a path to meth addiction, and it wasn't until his 40's that he realized he was out of control.

"I felt totally hopeless, alone, isolated, like there was no way out no matter how bad I wanted to stop," Morris said.

Morris said it was divine intervention that led him to Rimrock Foundation.

"I was on the run from probation," Morris said. "I was going to go out of state, but the dealer I was meeting up with didn't have any (meth)."

Morris said he was sitting at one downtown gas station, praying for a sign, when his eyes came to focus on the sign for Rimrock Foundation.

"I came in and said 'I need in treatment,'" Morris said. "'I need it now, because i'm not going to make it if I don't.'"

Morris did make it. First, he made it through Rimrock's 28 day inpatient treatment, then, he made it through 6 more months without meth. Then, Morris felt strong enough to help others with their struggle and accepted his new role at Rimrock Foundation as a peer mentor. 

"I think one of the most rewarding things is watching a resident. When they come in, they can't even look you in the eye...then, within a couple of weeks, they just light up. Just to see them come alive as the drugs get out of their system, the life comes back," Morris said. 

Morris is happy to reclaim his life and help others do the same.

"To this day, it still brings tears to my eyes when I think about what I do and how I can help people," Morris said. 

He added that a pastoral role and ministry may be in the near future. His story is one of hope, and knowing our community's greatest weapons against a growing crisis. 

"Connection is what combats addiction," Morris said. "I think we need to support people, have good boundaries, and try to get them into places like (Rimrock Foundation). One of the ladies here says 'we sell hope,' and that's exactly what we do."

Today Bill Morris celebrates 947 days meth free, and the number of lives he's improved through his efforts is an even higher number. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is available. 

24-hour help line for Narcotics Anonymous : 1-800-990-6262

  • LocalMore>>

  • Study shows accidental poisoning of children by ADHD medications on the rise

    Study shows accidental poisoning of children by ADHD medications on the rise

    Monday, May 21 2018 2:18 PM EDT2018-05-21 18:18:33 GMT

    US Poison Control Centers receive an average of 29 calls per day about children exposed to ADHD medications.

    US Poison Control Centers receive an average of 29 calls per day about children exposed to ADHD medications.

  • Washington man suspected of murder arrested in Hardin

    Washington man suspected of murder arrested in Hardin

    Monday, May 21 2018 2:01 PM EDT2018-05-21 18:01:29 GMT
    Jacob Ozuna: Courtesy of Q13, The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task ForceJacob Ozuna: Courtesy of Q13, The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force

    The Big Horn County Sheriff's Office has arrested and booked a man suspected of first degree murder Saturday. Jacob Ozuna fled the state of Washington. According to Q13 Fox, a Washington news station, The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in Yakima said Ozuna is "a six-time convicted felon and a dangerous gang member." according to Q13, Ozuna, a.k.a "Kapone," has a $1 million dollar warrant for first degree murder along with two counts of  assaul...

    The Big Horn County Sheriff's Office has arrested and booked a man suspected of first degree murder Saturday. Jacob Ozuna fled the state of Washington. According to Q13 Fox, a Washington news station, The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in Yakima said Ozuna is "a six-time convicted felon and a dangerous gang member." according to Q13, Ozuna, a.k.a "Kapone," has a $1 million dollar warrant for first degree murder along with two counts of  assaul...

  • USPS adding scratch and sniff stamps for the first time

    USPS adding scratch and sniff stamps for the first time

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:52 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:52:56 GMT

    The U.S. Postal Service’s first scratch-and-sniff stamps will add the sweet scent of summer to letters of love, friendship, party invitations and other mailings when the Postal Service introduces the Frozen Treats Forever stamps June 20 in Austin, TX. 

    The U.S. Postal Service’s first scratch-and-sniff stamps will add the sweet scent of summer to letters of love, friendship, party invitations and other mailings when the Postal Service introduces the Frozen Treats Forever stamps June 20 in Austin, TX. 

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Amber Alert issued for missing Billings boy is canceled, boy found safe

    UPDATE: Amber Alert issued for missing Billings boy is canceled, boy found safe

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-05-21 15:11:13 GMT

    An Amber Alert has been issued for Christopher Joseph Getsdownoften, an 18-month-old Native American boy. 

    An Amber Alert has been issued for Christopher Joseph Getsdownoften, an 18-month-old Native American boy. 

  • Moses Lake Police search for female passenger released in early morning traffic stop arrest

    Moses Lake Police search for female passenger released in early morning traffic stop arrest

    Friday, May 4 2018 5:10 PM EDT2018-05-04 21:10:56 GMT
    Giovanni Powell, 27 of Moses Lake (left) Kayla Irizarry, 19, of Moses Lake (right)Giovanni Powell, 27 of Moses Lake (left) Kayla Irizarry, 19, of Moses Lake (right)

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Police in Moses Lake have arrested a convicted felon and are searching for another convicted felon who they mistakenly released from the scene after making a traffic stop early Friday morning for a traffic violation. The driver, Giovanni Powell, 27 of Moses Lake, was arrested for driving while suspended. The arresting officer was able to see the butt of a handgun protruding from under the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Police in Moses Lake have arrested a convicted felon and are searching for another convicted felon who they mistakenly released from the scene after making a traffic stop early Friday morning for a traffic violation. The driver, Giovanni Powell, 27 of Moses Lake, was arrested for driving while suspended. The arresting officer was able to see the butt of a handgun protruding from under the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

  • 9-Year-Old Escapes Kidnapper

    9-Year-Old Escapes Kidnapper

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:51 AM EDT2018-05-21 15:51:12 GMT

    A Phoenix, Arizona mother is calling her daughter a warrior after she managed to escape her abductor who took her from her bedroom while she was sleeping early Friday morning.

    A Phoenix, Arizona mother is calling her daughter a warrior after she managed to escape her abductor who took her from her bedroom while she was sleeping early Friday morning.

  • Billings company develops technology to detect gunfire and notify authorities

    Billings company develops technology to detect gunfire and notify authorities

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:14 AM EDT2018-05-19 14:14:23 GMT

    Billings company Shot Tracer has developed technology that can easily be installed in schools and other public buildings. The devices will detect gunfire and within seconds notify anyone with the app including local police.

    Billings company Shot Tracer has developed technology that can easily be installed in schools and other public buildings. The devices will detect gunfire and within seconds notify anyone with the app including local police.

  • Rescue for Animal Shelter

    Rescue for Animal Shelter

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:56 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:56:07 GMT

    People who adopt animals from shelters often call them “Rescues”. Park County’s entire animal shelter needs to be rescued. They’re dealing with mold, cats in tiny cages, and inadequate heating and cooling. 

    People who adopt animals from shelters often call them “Rescues”. Park County’s entire animal shelter needs to be rescued. They’re dealing with mold, cats in tiny cages, and inadequate heating and cooling. 

  • 1 Killed in 2 vehicle crash on I-15

    1 Killed in 2 vehicle crash on I-15

    Sunday, May 20 2018 5:19 PM EDT2018-05-20 21:19:04 GMT

    Around 11:30 am on Sunday, scanner traffic indicated a rollover crash had occurred in the southbound lane of Interstate 15 near Emerson Junction.

    Around 11:30 am on Sunday, scanner traffic indicated a rollover crash had occurred in the southbound lane of Interstate 15 near Emerson Junction.

  • Colstrip awarded nearly $1 Million grant for workforce planning and worker training

    Colstrip awarded nearly $1 Million grant for workforce planning and worker training

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 12:38 PM EDT2018-05-16 16:38:37 GMT

    Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the State of Montana has awarded nearly $1 million in federal POWER grant awards to assist the community of Colstrip with workforce planning and worker training and to ensure the successful transition of the region to a diversified economy.

    Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the State of Montana has awarded nearly $1 million in federal POWER grant awards to assist the community of Colstrip with workforce planning and worker training and to ensure the successful transition of the region to a diversified economy.

  • Temporary relief for Missoula flooding victims

    Temporary relief for Missoula flooding victims

    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:59 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:59:24 GMT

    According to incident Public Information Officer Mel Holtz, the water levels have dropped in the Missoula area after the expected spike in water levels didn't occur. 

    According to incident Public Information Officer Mel Holtz, the water levels have dropped in the Missoula area after the expected spike in water levels didn't occur.