"My son walked into the kitchen and was crying trying to get me to stop. He said mommy, don't. By then I grabbed a set of butcher knives on the counter."
It wasn't the first time she tried to kill herself. But Dinovo wasn't always hooked on drugs or heroin.
She grew up in Bellefontaine. Her mother, Robin Burton said she was your typical teenager.
"Just an all American girl, " she said.
But when Dinovo moved away on her own, she found herself mixed up in a lifestyle of partying and pills.
"I tried pretty much everything, " she said.
"I used heroin. I snorted it, I smoked it and finally, I shot it up."
She hid her addiction for 10 years, always thinking she had it under control, but her mother knew. When Dinovo moved back to Ohio, mom was there by her side to fight back against the addiction.
"Addiction attacks everything, every single part of who they are," said Burton.
There were detoxes and relapses, but Burton would not give up on her daughter.
" I never forgot the person inside, who I knew she was, " said Burton.
Now, four years clean, their relationship is stronger than ever. They are sharing their story to let people know there is life after addiction.
"It's amazing how things can change and you can get better. you can. I'm living proof," said Dinovo with a smile.
Celebrate Recovery, which has had at least one prior incarnation in Logan County, is a 12-step program, much like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Overeaters Anonymous except it is founded in the Christian religion, Pastor Doehrmann explained.
“The primary piece is that this is a Christ-centered program,” he said. “We refer to Jesus not to a higher power.”
The group also welcomes individuals struggling with any “habit, hangup or hurt” but is otherwise like many other sober support groups, he said.
“Support-wise this group is really caring and the accountability and grace is amazing.” Meetings begin with music and singing, followed by a video lesson on one of the 12 steps and the eight principles that make up the program. The whole group then prays together before dividing up into smaller groups of men and women who share their own personal experiences with drugs or negative behaviors.
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