After Julie “Mama Julz” Richards’s own family was nearly destroyed by addiction, fighting back against meth became a personal crusade.

Kayla has not been home in six days. She could be less than a mile away, her mother says; could be more. Richards has no idea if her daughter is safe, or how quickly that sense of safety could shift. She has had one message from her in almost a week, a promise to return home that came and went.

Richards believes her daughter is high on crystal meth, that perhaps in all these days she’s been gone, she has not slept.

Most of the time Richards is fighting for other peoples’ kids; she is the founder of the grassroots organization Mothers Against Meth Alliance (MAMA). This week, she’s looking out for her own.

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