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5 year battle

Created by Billy Owens

5 year battle

Hey my name is Billy, and I am from East Texas. I started my drug career shortly after dropping out of high school at the age of 17. I started using alcohol at first with my friends and that only lasted for a short time. I first tried crystal meth at one of my friend's house when I was 19. I knew that very first time that I used crystal meth that this was the drug for me, and kinda knew at that moment to that this drug was gonna be a problem for me.

I just used on the weekends for the time being and when I started working with my buddies mom's boyfriend at the time re'poing that's when my meth career took a turn for the worse. I worked with him and this company for about a year or so and we pretty much used everyday while we where working so we could work longer. I ended up smoking it for about 2 years until I finally let someone talk to me into using a needle which I said I would never do. After using the needle for the first time my addiction just went severely out of control.

At the age of 22/23 my parent got me help and I went to an outpatient program that lasted a month. After going to this outpatient program I remained sober for about 11 months after that. I started hanging out with the wrong crowd again and ended up relapsing, and little did I know that my addiction would be even worse this time.

I ended up disappearing for 7 days no one could get in touch with me through this period, and I had a spiritual awaking, I guess that's the word for it, it's like god was talking to me and telling me that I don't have to live like this. After that moment I had got in touch with my previous sponsor, and him and his sponsor got me set up in a in-patient facility this time a wonderful place called Cenikor out of Waco, TX and this place worked for me.

I have been sober since December 4, 2013 and I really feel amazing and to this day I can't thank the people who stood by me the most, or god for showing me that there are better ways to live.

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

Guest Book


1. Megan Fritz
Thank you for sharing you story with us, Billy! Congratulations on your recovery!
2. Megan Fritz
Thank you for sharing you story with us, Billy! Congratulations on your recovery!