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Second Chance at Life

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Second Chance at Life

For as long as I can remember addiction and all its negative consequences were a part of my life. Hi, my name is Maria and I've been in recovery for seven years. My late father was an alcoholic, and despite the fact that I'd grown up witnessing the insanity of this disease, I, too, succumbed to alcoholism and drug abuse as a teenager. I continued drinking, until I finally descended into a world so nightmarish that I could no longer function normally. As a result, I lost jobs, stopped bathing and eating and had several "accidents" where I injured myself because of drunken falls. Finally after nine years, I sought the help of AA and was able to stop drinking (thirty two years later, I haven't touched a drop). However, that was not the end of my active addiction. I continued smoking pot for twenty-five more years and then became addicted to painkillers, even coming close to overdosing a few times. I grew increasingly depressed by my inability to function without the need of chemicals, and at one point found myself having thoughts of suicide. I knew then I had to give up ALL drugs if I ever hoped to live a normal life. Getting sober and staying that way requires a lot of soul-searching and self-awareness, and often we won't like what we see. But personal honesty is the only way to go.. There is definitely hope for all addicts and second chances do exist. But you've got to reach out and accept the help offered you. As for me, I definitely live life one day at a time. More than anything I'm aware of the fact that there will always be at least one more relapse in me, but perhaps not another recovery. The price of addiction is just too high. So find a program you can relate to and stick to it. It's definitely worth it. Thanks for listening.

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. Jane
Amy, If you'd like to speak to someone about getting help with your drinking, please call 1-855-378-4373. The call is free and confidential.
2. Amy
Hi your story is very inspiring. Do you know of any online support groups that helped you along the way? I'm a mother, wife daughter and love my family. I'm kind of like the soccer mother drinker but I'm having trouble trying to stop, lack of motivation. Lost, Lost and lost.