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My struggle to recovery

Created by Dawn Kahana

My struggle to recovery

I have been fighting addiction for 14 years now. I was a heavy heroin user who had 4 children and many grandkids and I just couldn't stop using. I had been viciously stabbed and robbed and even had colon and pancreatic cancer but still couldn't stop using. Drugs took so much from my life. I had to use just to function, I no longer got high. I actually was forced to use against my will. If I didn't have drugs I couldn't get out of bed let alone function, clean, shower or do anything. One day I woke up and said I just refuse to live like this anymore. This was not God's choice for me.  I felt I was slapping God in the face after he saved me from death 3 times (the stabbing and both cancers). Now it was time to be grateful and live life not just exist. I got treatment and today I have 41 days clean. I never thought I could do it but with the help of a higher power who I call God, Narcotics Anonymous and other recovering addicts I stay clean one day at a time!


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. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Dawn. Congratulations to you on your recovery!
2. Dawn Kahana
Thank you so much! Im still clean, its not easy but it is worth it! Thank you for your words of encouragement!
3. Tracey
So glad you finally found the direction and support you needed to get clean and healthy. Enjoy your children, grandchildren, and your life. I hope you continue to be a source of inspiration for them and others! May you continue to find strength in moments of weakness! G-d Bless!!
4. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Dawn. Congratulations to you on your recovery!
5. Dawn Kahana
Thank you so much! Im still clean, its not easy but it is worth it! Thank you for your words of encouragement!
6. Tracey
So glad you finally found the direction and support you needed to get clean and healthy. Enjoy your children, grandchildren, and your life. I hope you continue to be a source of inspiration for them and others! May you continue to find strength in moments of weakness! G-d Bless!!