The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
March 29th, 2023

‘A Whole Purse of Pills’: Letha Miller Lasiter Finds Light With Window Film

Letha Miller Lasiter’s descent into darkness started in 2004 after a near-fatal car accident that led to a broken spine. Doctors prescribed medication for Lasiter’s injuries, but it wasn’t enough to shield her from physical pain and mental trauma. She spiraled into drug addiction and trouble with the law.

Rock Bottom

After a decade-plus of substance abuse and several trips to prison, Letha Miller Lasiter is all smiles in 2023.

“I had a whole purse of pills,” Lasiter says. “Once you become addicted, it’s like opening a floodgate of water. There’s no containment. At this point, what the doctors were giving me wasn’t enough. I had everything I was prescribed, but also pills I’m buying off the street.”

Lasiter was imprisoned in 2008, spending nearly a year behind bars due to illegal drug usage. “I deserved it,” she says. “God was trying to help me, but I wasn’t ready to be helped yet.”

Lasiter stood firm after her release, striving for a clean lifestyle. But it didn’t last.

The Chase

“Once I smoked it, I realized I was highly intoxicated,” says Lasiter, who smoked a synthetic cannabinoid (K2/Spice) at a gas station six years after a trip to prison.

K2/Spice is a human-made, mind-altering chemical smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant. Because of this similarity, synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes misleadingly called synthetic marijuana (or fake weed), and they are often marketed as safe, legal alternatives to that drug. In fact, they are not safe and may affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana; their actual effects can be unpredictable and, in some cases, more dangerous or even life-threatening,” the National Institute on Drug Abuse adds.

Letha Miller Lasiter (on ladder) tints a residential window. She says window tint saved her from her past life of darkness.

Lasiter and her kids were going to a Six Flags in Dallas when she realized she was intoxicated.

“I pull over at a gas station to take a nap,” she says. “My younger son was asleep and my older son wasn’t. I give my older son an iPad and a phone. I tell him I’m going to take a nap, but he’s scared. It’s late at night. He calls his dad and some of my family. They send the police. I’m still extremely intoxicated. I drove onto the interstate in the opposite direction and took them on a 100-mile chase with my children in the car.”

Lasiter was imprisoned for a second time, from February 2014 to March 2015.

Fighting Back

“I feel like the change happened when I was still in prison,” she says of her second trip to jail. “I truly surrendered. The first time, I didn’t think it was my fault. I didn’t take accountability for what I did and where I was. I asked God, ‘What do you want me to learn? What do you want me to gain?’”

Lasiter immersed herself in Bible classes, clinging to her faith.

“When I got out in 2015, I was full of hope, but I had nothing,” she says. “I had a car but no license. I had a house full of furniture but no home. God kept providing little by little.”

Turning a Corner

“I had never been in trouble in my life until I was stuck with nothing to do,” Lasiter says. “It seemed like those idle hands had a lot to do with what was going wrong with my life. I started tinting, and within two weeks, I knew I loved it. I opened my shop seven and a half months later.”

Today, Lasiter owns and operates The Tint Diva in Gadsden, Ala., Auburn, Ala., and Palestine, Texas. March 5 marked eight years of freedom from drug addiction and imprisonment.

“My original career was human resources,” she says. “When I left prison, I promised God that my life is submitted to him. I’m here to show other people that there is a way out. He makes a way when there is no way. There was no way for me. When I tell you that I make more money in this career than the one before—that’s all God.”

Editor’s Note: One of my favorite elements of my job is highlighting perseverance. Check out success stories below, and contact me at ccollier@glass.com to share your journey.

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  1. Jesus WILL make a way IF We Surrender our Will to His…

  2. What an impactful message! Trust in God and He will always be faithful. Proud of you!

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