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If I Can Do it...So Can You

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If I Can Do it...So Can You

Hello My name is Brenda P. and I currently live in Middlesex County. With the help of Narcotics Anonymous' 12 step program, I've been clean for 28 years. As of August 5th I'll be for 29 years.

When I attended my first NA meeting at the VA hospital in East Orange, NJ, I went to show up and support my boyfriend who had just got out of a 28 day inpatient rehab. I was in a lot of denial thinking that he had a problem with drugs not me. Even though I was on probation and stipulated by a judge to go to a out or in-patient drug program or do for five years at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. At that time my plan was to complete the last 6 months of probation, go back to using and never again attend NA.

After being clean six months and completing probation, I continued to go to meetings because I right at home and believed that if others could do it I could too. I had tried many things, i.e. church, switching the type of drugs I used, psychiatry, changing locations but none of those things ever worked.

I felt love, understanding and hope from others NA members that had been clean for long periods of time. I heard someone say if we can do it so can you and that has been my motto ever since. I love NA it saved my life. If I can do can you.

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, Brenda -- congrats to you on your recovery!
2. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Brenda -- congrats to you on your recovery!