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Addiction Can Invade at Any Age

Created by Vickie Feguson

Addiction Can Invade at Any Age

I had a very difficult time in my life and I turned to drugs. Well, actually just one drug - crack cocaine.

I was 48 when I fell into addiction. I couldn't get enough crack. My life went into a tailspin. I ended up getting arrested on 2/18/2006 and that has now become the date that I stopped using crack. I was then 52 years old.

Getting arrested was the best thing that could have happened to me. I had to get sober, as I was locked up. I would be lying if I said that I never get the "urge". I am now a Christian and with the help from God, I have been able to overcome the urges.

My daughter also fell into a severe heroin addiction. She almost died and she almost lost her leg. She got a severe abscess in her leg from shooting up in her leg. Thank God, she is now clean and sober too. But she is now in prison. I'm sure that is the reason she is sober. Anyway, I would love to share my story in person with the kids or other women.

Thank you very much!

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. Pat - Psychotherapist & Partnership Parent Coa
Hi Virginia, Thanks for your offer of help.You can "friend" Vickie on this site or if you would like, call our helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE to see what you could do in the support and advocacy arena. Wishing you the best, Pat
2. Julie
Congratulations on 9 years, Vickie!
3. Virginia Haney
I would like to reach out to Vickie as I am experiencing a similar devastation of life. I am a recovering alcoholic and my daughter is two years into her heroin habit. Don't know how the communication exchange is handled but Vickie indicated she would be open to talking to a parent or addict? Yours sincerely, Virginia