I haven’t had any mind or mood altering substances since 12/1/11. I started doing drugs and drinking around 15, by the time I was 18 I was an everyday IV heroin user. By the time I was 22, I was desperate for a different way of life; I was tired of being a slave to this substance. My mom helped me get into methadone clinic, which seemed to help at first. I liked that the methadone made me not feel the physical withdraw symptoms, but mentally I was totally still an addict. During the time I was on methadone, I started smoking more crack, slept around, and shoplifted compulsively. These actions were just a form of my addiction that I was putting a band aid on with the methadone.
I eventually did go back to heroin. When I woke up from my second OD I started asking for help. I went to rehab and was introduced to recovery by way of a 100% substance free lifestyle. At first the idea seemed impossible, but the fact was I started to feel better without any drugs.
I felt better physically, emotionally and spiritually. It took a lot of self-seeking, inward reflection and help from other people like me that had recovered, but ONE DAY AT A TIME I have gotten back a life worth living.
Today, I am a happy, successful, valuable member of society today, which I owe entirely to my sobriety.