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My Life as a Junkie's Girlfriend

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My Life as a Junkie's Girlfriend

Before I met my boyfriend, I was completely oblivious to the drug world, but now, my life has been entirely surrounded by it.? At 20, I thought I knew so much about the world; however, I was not ready for what was in store for what was about to happen. When I met Brandon, I knew he was messing around with some bad stuff, but I wasn??t totally aware of what it actually was.? A while later, I found out he injected heroin along with doing pretty much any other drugs he could get his hands on.? Being completely ignorant, I was in shock the first time I saw him inject heroin.? It also happened to be the first time in his life he overdosed.? That day changed my entire life.? I was in shock after seeing him pull out all his supplies and was unaware of what someone who was on drugs would be like.? Shortly after he injected the drugs, he was flat on his back barely breathing.? I couldn??t move, I couldn??t do anything.? I sat there, crying and screaming at him to wake up and to take a breath.? One of his friends (also an addict) arrived and gave him CPR.? He started breathing after a short period of time and the only thing I could do was cry and hit him.? I was so worried I was going to lose him and that I would witness my boyfriend die in front of me.? I thought maybe this experience would have changed him, made him want to sober up.
For over a year after, he talked about getting clean but just never really sought help for his addiction.? By this time, I was also starting to get caught up in that lifestyle, but was able to keep my head seeing all those people and what drugs had done to their lives.? One day, we were visiting his mom and she saw the track marks up and down his arm.? Shortly after, he checked himself into rehab.? I was so thankful for that.? For once, I knew he was safe and I didn??t have to spend my nights sitting up making sure he was breathing, worrying constantly over another overdose, or worrying about police.? I was finally able to lift some of the weight off my chest and focus on myself.? Due to money issues, he checked himself out of rehab after a week.? I was really disappointed because life went back to focusing around him and his addiction.? I was no better than I had been before, but I was slowly gaining the strength to help him fight rather than help his addiction.
Time moved on and he was clean for a little over a month, but quickly relapsed.? This time, it was worse than before.? Mixing whatever he could find would lead to him to black out for days at a time, unable to remember what had happened.? He was completely out of control.? I told him that I could no longer be a part of his life if he continued to use and I would no longer help pay his bills or provide him a place to stay. He made the decision that he was going to get clean and sober up. With the support from my family (who had found out about his addiction during his first stint in rehab and were extremely supportive of his recovery), his family, and his sober friends, he went back into rehab.? Today, he has been sober for 10 months.? I??m so proud of his recovery and the help he has received.
Although most of my story covers his recovery, addiction affects the lives of family and friends, as much as the addict.? My life has forever changed due to my relationship with Brandon.? My understanding of drug and alcohol addiction has greatly changed as well and I am now going to school for substance abuse counseling to help addicts and families recover from addiction.? For almost two years, my life revolved around my boyfriend??s addiction, taking over my whole life as well as his.? Even when I was not with him, I was always worried if I would receive a phone call that he had overdosed and died.? If you are struggling with addiction, please get help.? There is so much more to life than drugs.? Recovery doesn??t come overnight and takes a lot of hard work and inner strength, but with the help of family, friends, and professionals, it is possible.? People are willing to help if you ask for it.?


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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