I Was Determined to Save My Life

Cross-posted from Faces and Voices of Recovery

I am a 35 year old survivor who has been clean and sober for almost seven years.  My drug of choice was Methamphetamine. I would stop at nothing to get my next hit.  I was very ill, both mentally and physically from not eating or caring for myself. I lost everything including my son and my freedom in a matter of 4 years.  In 2001 I was arrested and charged with many crimes, all due to my addiction. 

In 2002 I was given the gift of being able to enter into a long term drug treatment facility.  I was determined to save my life.  I had to be taught how to be productive, goal orientated, have a positive self-esteem and how to fight for my life. They taught me how to be proud of my accomplishments and who I am.  In 2004 I graduated the program.   

Sobriety has brought so much back to me, including my son as of 2 months ago. I have found a new love for life and others.  I now work as a counselor helping individuals to overcome and cope with their disease.  I enjoy helping others to help themselves.  I assist in guiding those who are in the same position I was over seven years ago.  

Sobriety and life is worth fighting for.  We just have to be shown the way.

This post is part of the ONDCP Stories of Hope blog series.

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