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From Meth Addict To Complete Recovery & Happiness

Created by George Araiza

From Meth Addict To Complete Recovery & Happiness

I was an addicted to crystal meth for ten years. I had been to a number of rehabs and consulted with drug/alcohol counselors with no success. On my own I figured out that I was depressed and the 5mg of Zoloft per day prescribed by psychiatrist was not enough. I checked with a pharmacist and increased my daily intake of Zoloft to 100mg. My depression went away and so did my craving for meth. I've never looked back since. I really love my life today.

I give free presentations at various libraries in San Diego, CA to help educate the public on how to heal the psycho, social, and chemical components of addiction. I'm currently living in the PATH/CONNECTIONS housing facility for the homeless here in San Diego, CA.

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.

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1. Port Of Call
Thanks for sharing and well done!
2. Gram
Hi George, congratulations on your recovery. I understand totally about rehabs being filled with incompetent staff members. Some are not only incompetent but are also manipulators with narcissistic personalities, and they do more harm than good. It is so sad when they prey on the wounded. I would like to hear more about your story.
3. George
Hi, It's shocking that the nation's rehabs are filled with incompetent staff members who rely solely on the 12-step program and have no education beyond a G.E.D. and lack a background in psychology, pharmacology, and trauma release that's necessary to really help people recover COMPLETELY! Rehabs are a multi-bilion dollar business in this country.
4. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story, George -- and congratulations on your recovery!
5. Laura B.
Hi George, congrats on your recovery and your path to educating the public about addiction. It's an admirable accomplishment!