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Carmen's story

My name is Carmen, I am 47 years old the mother of two sons and three grandkids, I am a recovering addict.

I started using pot when I was just 11 years old and things progressed from there. At the age of 17 I was already

snorting cocaine, which by the way was my drug of choice. I hid my addiction well for many years, I was what

they call a ' functioning addict'- I went to work, I sent the kids to school, I hid it from the family for a very long time,

but one day I started feeling depressed and tried to commit suicide, they left me in the hospital for 15 days- they

diagnosed me with depression. When I came home I continued to use cocaine and took my medication but

it happened again, I tried to commit suicide various times until I was rightly diagnosed as bi-polar and they

sent me to a program who dealt with persons with dual diagnosis, my mental health issues and my drug

addiction.This program saved my life because there I learned the skills and the tools I needed to deal with

my addiction and my mental health issues, they were excellent and for them I am very grateful. Now I am

3 1/2 years clean and sober, have my family back trusting in me, going for my Associates Degree, have

sober friends and have a much better, happier life. I still have problems just like everyone else does I just

don't turn to mind altering chemicals to solve my problems anymore. I deal with my problems as they come

and try to come up with the best solutions possible and I still take it one day at a time, because yesterday

is gone you can't do anything about that and tomorrow you don't know what that may bring, so just live for

today and take it one day at a time. I feel for once I can truly say that I am happy and I could not say that

before. Life is better for me now and for that I am thankful

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. Liz
am going through a very bad divorce and i have been depressed for a few years. it is very complicated and i try my best to get through day by day, but i have been using alcohol as a way to forget my problems for a while. i know this isnt the solution but have gotten into a bad habit. my children have taken my x husbands side and i feel there is no way out and i am scared, please help i need someone who understands and cares.