By Kyle Lovern
There are many drug addiction stories around the world. Some have happy endings, while others have very tragic and heartbreaking conclusions.
One such drug addiction story involves a former Mingo County resident, Geanine Fluty, who now lives in Louisiana.
“I now have a great life in Christ and it’s worth sharing,” a brave Fluty says.
“It is so simple for someone to get addicted to drugs. This terrible addiction can devastate a family,” she shared.
“I just want to give someone hope,” Fluty says. “In 2005, when I was at my lowest - I tried to kill myself because I had no hope. I had messed up so much.”
“All I could think was ‘I ruined everyone’s life and there was no way out’ and I had nothing.”
“I prayed to the Lord that if He was real He needed to help me. I proceeded to end my life by overdosing on cocaine. In that moment the drug literally froze in the syringe,” Fluty recalls. “It wouldn’t move. It was like super glue.”
“The Lord gave me a second chance,” she relates. “I got saved in 2005.”
After a divorce, a boyfriend introduced her to meth and cocaine and she quickly became addicted.
She swiftly spiraled downward and out of control.
“I just want people to know that the Lord answers prayers,” Fluty added. “My life was spared that night, and in my eyes He performed a miracle.”
“My dad held my family together,” Fluty said. “I had gotten so bad that I was stealing my mom’s pain medication.”
Her mother was battling cancer at the time. This also weighed heavily on Fluty during her down period.
“If my story can touch just one person, I would be thankful,” Fluty said of her plight. “It’s been very tough at times, but I have never looked back. I have gained all my kid’s love and respect back and my daddy is my hero.”
Fluty is the daughter of Jack Tommy Fluty and the late Geneva (James) Fluty of Chattaroy and Nolan. Jack Tommy was a local standout softball and basketball player in the Williamson area.
Geanine grew up playing basketball at Chattaroy Junior High School, then later at Belfry High School. She was a member of the 1984 Belfry High School Kentucky state runner-up hoops squad.
Fluty knows all too well the horror that drug addiction can strike in a person’s life and their family. It caused her to quickly go downhill.
Fluty says through Christ she has turned her life around.
She now operates her own dog grooming business in Bossier City, La.
She ended up in Bayou country because of a stint where she was based there in the U.S. Air Force. She also has two older daughters and a sister, Jackie, who lives in Indiana.
This is where her son, Charlie Matthews, has become an All-State high school football player and is getting recruited by several Division I colleges.
Her addiction caused her son to have his own anger management issues, and like a typical teenager, Charlie was acting out.
“He loves football and it has been great for him,” she added.
But now, both Fluty and Charlie volunteer for a homeless ministry. They help feed the homeless and do other charitable work. Her daughters Juliann and Elizabeth also help at the homeless shelter.
“He has the biggest heart in the world,” Fluty said of her son. “He once gave his shoes to a homeless person who didn’t have any. He has an unbelievable heart”
She said that many people reached out to him in his time of need. Some donated clothing and shoes to him when he needed them.
“I want to do that for someone else,” Fluty said about passing the good deeds forward.
“So many kids just need a little encouragement,” Fluty said.
Fluty was typical of most addicts. All she wanted to do was get high and all of her money went toward the purchase of drugs.
So she knows how easily this lifestyle can turn anyone toward the dark side.
If not for her father, she said it could have been worse.
Fluty now does motivational speaking and tries to give testimony to others in need.
“You need structure in your life,” she stressed. “People have to realize how far I’ve come. The past is just that – the past.”
“Our lives have turned around,” Fluty said of her and her family.
“People tend to hide their pasts,” she added.
“If I can help one person, then it’s worth sharing my story,” Fluty said. “My plan is to have God in my life and it gets better every year.”
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33, or Twitter @KyleLovern)