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My Crackhead Story

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My Crackhead Story

I was a crack head for almost 15 years. I did just about anything to score my fix. People I thought were friends only used me and I finally got tired of it. For me to get off crack, I called my elderly parents to drive over 2000 miles to come pick me up. I had lost pretty much everything by that time. I no longer had a car, hadn't paid my rent in about a year, my water electric and gas were all shut off, didn't really have any self worth, was depressed and prayed to die almost every night. I even tried to OD on sleeping pills. When my parents came, I moved away from everything and everyone I knew. My sisters still won't talk to me because I never went into rehab or to NA meetings after I moved away. I didn't want to even know any of the 'drug people' in this new state. I have been clean for a year and 4 months. I know if I would have gone to meetings and met people I would have found crack here and would still be using. Sure I could drive into Boise and find someplace to score but that is just a little bit harder then knowing someone, and I don't do it. For me, going to groups or meetings didn't work because I always found people I could party with at those meetings. And I found always taking about using made me want to use even more. So for me moving 2000 mile away from everyone I knew and not meeting that same crowd in this new place worked. I know I put my mom and dad through hell, I'm sure I put the whole family through hell. But I sure am thankful that my parents came to get me and gave me a chance once again because this time it worked. I have often thought about going to a group now just to share my story, but I still worry about meeting those people that I could talk into getting me something. So I think it best just to stay away for now. That's my story, at least the readers digest short version of it.....Rick


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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