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If *I* did it, you can too

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If *I* did it, you can too

I am an addict. I always will be. I'm a marijuana addict, prescription pill addict and an alcoholic. You'd be surprised at the number of alcoholics that are also drug addicts, and a lot of us are addicted to pills. I never thought I'd be able to beat my addiction. I was so deep that I was the last to know I had a problem - everyone else around me did. You couldn't tell me I had a problem, as I thought I had a medical need for everything I was doing. How wrong I was. I found a 12 step program through a relative, who is also an alcoholic. At my first meeting I thought it was a cult. At my second meeting I only thought it was for Christians. At my third meeting I thought only people who believed in "God" went to meetings. But I still kept coming back. I'm so glad I did. I am 2 1/2 years sober now. Yes sometimes I still need to use painkillers, but only when I've had surgery and I've used them responsibly. You know what I got back when I quit? My LIFE. My husband and my son. My family. A relationship with my sister that I never thought I'd have. and FRIENDS!! Lots of very supportive and caring friends. I have a social life. What I don't have? Alcohol. Tobacco (yes I quit smoking when I got sober!). Marijuana. PILLS. The feelings of inadequacy. The low self-esteem. The lonliness, depression, DEATH WISH. The need to find my drugs - that vicious cycle! Now I have a purpose in life I have a relationship with my higher power. I have SOO much in my life! I don't miss going out drinking. We have a great time without drugs or alcohol. It IS possible. You CAN recover. You just have to believe in yourself.


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. Robbie
Way to go Jerry, This is a great way to show your kids or grandkids the true meaning of LOVE! As a Prevention Specialist from Oklahoma too many kids do not feel heard or cared about and why they sometimes get involved with the wrong friends. Thank you, Robbie