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Hello my name is Michael, 22 years old from Scranton, Pennsylvania. I graduated high school in 2009 as an all-state swimmer with a 4.0 with acceptances and full scholarships to any college of my choice. I attended a local university for a few weeks before I started to get involved with the party scene. I moved into a campus apartment and 2 months later I was withdrawn from school, I stopped swimming, and had lost all my scholarships. My addiction progressed through the next few years from drinking on weekends to drinking every day. Then from drinking every day to abusing narcotics and other illegal substances everyday. October of 2011, I was so deep into my addiction that I lost all contact with my family and old friends, I couldn't hold a job and therefore had nothing left to my name. In desperation, on October 27 2011,?I participated in a home invasion to get ahold of any money or substances I could. In the following days I was facing 11 felony and 13 misdemeanor charges. I spent one month in prison and one in rehabilitation. By the grace of god, many of my charges were dropped and I was able to return home to begin my journey of recovery. I have been sober since October 28 2011. I was accepted back into the school of my dreams, my family and friends have returned back to me, I have an amazing job. Life has never been better, I have everything I could have ever wanted. Second chances are given for a reason and in sobriety we can do anything!!

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 amazing story, Michael. Congratulations on four years of recovery today.