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Homeless to happy

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Homeless to happy

My name is Amanda. I'm now thirty-seven and I've been sober now for nine years. I was homeless and addicted to many drugs. It started with cocaine and then crack, to heroine and finally crystal-meth. I came from a great family so, really there was no reason for this, right? I couldn't stop. I did everything and anything to get that next fix. I stopped because, I didn't want to live like that anymore. You have to know there is a better place for you. I'm now married with kids. The most important thing is i'm happy. You can be happy too. Believe in 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. Ashley
amanda, you touched my heart cause i am a 33 and i grew up with a wonderful family and was a happy go lucky girl with goals and dreams. At 25 i tried cocaine and oxys and by 26 i was shooting heroin daily. i was clean on and off after 12 inpatient rehabs until last year i found meth. it took me lower than i knew was possible. i never got into legal trouble but last june i had a breakdown and knew i had to change my life or dig my grave. i have been clean for 10 months...i feel like for the first time since i put that first line up my nose that i am worthy of a life full of laughter and love. Hope is a beautiful thing.