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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.

Partners for Hope raise critical funds on behalf Partnership to End Addiction – the nation’s leading organization dedicated to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. Every dollar raised on behalf of the Partnership* will help ensure free, personalized family support resources, including our national helpline, peer-to-peer parent coaching, customized online tools and community education programs, can reach those who need them most. Please consider donating to this fundraiser and sharing this page.

*Donations made to Partnership to End Addiction are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All contributions are fully tax-deductible, as no goods or services are provided in consideration in whole, or in part, of any contribution to this nonprofit organization.  EIN: 52-1736502

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