By Susan Spencer TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

Mary Ellen Macuen, 50, of Worcester was running a bar and raising a daughter when she became addicted to opioids. The self-described dance mom managed to keep it together for a while, until after 20 years of abusing painkillers she couldn't take the lies, stealing and not being able to get out of bed without pills anymore.

After getting arrested and finally committing to treatment at Spectrum Health Systems in Worcester, Ms. Macuen has been clean since June 6, 2009.

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