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14 Years of Hell

Created by Kat Berchtold

14 Years of Hell

My name is Kat, and I'm an addict. I've been clean since 08/08/2013. I started using the day after I turned 13. I was raped by my father, and at a party the next day, got someone to let me try it. I had never done any drug in my life. I went home, my dad did it again, and I realized I was there physically, but not mentally. So it was off to the races.

By the time I was 19, I had 17 felonies and had OD'ed more times than I could count.  I had become an IV drug user. I got pregnant at 19, kept using, got pregnant again at 24, kept using, was a horrible mother and person. I hated myself.

Finally, I went to a meeting and got a white keytag. I detoxed at a friends house for a week. I got a sponsor, worked the program, got involved. My life is amazing now. I'm a good mom, I'm going to medical school,  have real friends and I'm happy. It's been hard, but worth it.

You don't have to live in hell ever again. I know. I was there. Now I never have to be again.

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. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Kat. Congrats on your recovery -- wishing you all the best.
2. Susan
Congratulation Kat. I have been in AA for 33 years on Sept 2/14. Life has been good, bad, easy, hard, fun, not so much fun, but the great thing about all those time were that I was alive and sober and clean. Keep up the good w7ork. Don't quit before the miracle happens.......... Susan