Pill Paradox

The Independent - Tootie Landry is an unlikely addict. No one in her family was an addict. Even sitting across from her it seems a strange label. The Lafayette woman exudes a kind of brash optimism. This is not the stuff of rainbows and unicorns birthed in naiveté. It is the stuff of people who have seen the darkness — in others, in themselves — and come out the other side of it with an entirely new perspective.

“I didn’t even know I was an addict,” Landry tells me.

When I ask Landry, 12 years sober, at what point she realized she was an addict, I expect several answers. Not the one she gave: “When I was in rehab.”