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Recovery Rocks!

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Recovery Rocks!

My name is Eva and I am an addict. Today I am very grateful for my life and everyone in it but it wasn't always like that. I started drinking and using drugs when I was around 12 years old. I like the way it made me "not feel". I had issues with sexual, physical, and mental abuse as a child and I didn't realize that I was running from the fear, anger, and pain of my past. I have used just about every drug out there, in one form or another. When I found heroin, everything changed. I could be high and numb, but heroin took me places I never wanted to go. I was strung out on heroin for over 20 years. I sold my body on the streets to pay for my addictions, I have been to jail countless times and prison twice. I seemed to find myself in abusive relationship after abusive relationship but I didn't care. If I did not have a Higher Power with me when I was using, I would not be here today. I have had guns held on me, been robbed, beaten, raped, drug by a car and countless other events that should have killed me. My family and their friends were praying for me and I truly believe, that is why I am still here. A little over six years ago, I knew I was done and I wanted out. I wanted a change and the court system gave me that chance. I was given another prison sentence but it was suspended so that I could complete an outpatient drug program. That program saved my life and taught me how to live without the use of drugs. Before I got there, I didn't want to live anymore. My clean date is March 18, 2008. That is a day I will cherish above all others. Since that day, my life has completely changed. I started community college when I had three months clean and sober. I graduated with an Associate degree in 2011. In five weeks, I will be graduating with a Bachelor degree, with honors from a state university. I am still working on cleaning up the wreckage of my past but that is okay. My family is back in my life and I have an extended family in Narcotics/Alcoholic Anonymous. I am living proof that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE. After being a heroin addict (among other things) for over 20 years, I am now drug free and I love the life I have. I still have problems and issues that normal life gives but I would take those over what I had when I was using any day. RECOVERY ROCKS!!!


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
Congratulations, Eva, on 7 years in recovery today!
2. Julie
Congratulations, Eva, on 7 years in recovery today!