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A journey

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A journey

After battling anorexia between the ages 8-13, I found myself in a new struggle with heroine by age 14. I would use until the age of 20. Having my son saved my life, hw taught me there is something to live for after all. I went through many phases of addiction including being arrested, raped, held at gun point down the city of Phiadelphia and watching all my close friends die. Feeling? as though I should give up, I overdosed twice, and nearly had my arm amputated after a bad bag. I lost respect of my family and was then forced to live out of my car when I was just 16. On the streets soon after at 17. I joined a methadone program that took me 11 years to finally part with, but i did. I am now 31, have 3 kids, 11, 4, and 8 months. I am finishing up school where I made the honors society and plan to transfer to a 4 year college within the next year. I have spoken at the clinic I once attended to hopefully give others the hope and the courage to know there is a life beyound what they live and that its worth it. It was not an easy road, or journey, but it has paid off and I feel better then ever. You have to want it, after all why shouldn't you? You deserve it, we all do.

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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