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Changing my life

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Changing my life

TMy name is June, My clean date is 10/28/09. I have over 3 years clean. I was a heroin IV user although any drug would do. I walked the streets of camden N.J. I was in and out of countless rehabs and jail over a five-year run. One day I had just had enough I couldn't even kill myself. I had lost my kids hadn't spoken to family in forever. I turned myself in for a violation of probation. Did 3 months, got out and went to a halfway house. Then a recovery house. I work a program of recovery.

When?I had 15 months clean, my brother overdosed. He died at 39 years old leaving behind a 1 year old son and a family that will never be the same. I miss him everyday. However, I didn't use. I do not use today. No matter what.

I tell my story and his because I know that we don't all make it back after a relapse. This disease kills. I work a life-long program. I sponser other woman and try to give back what was so freely given to me. I am a productive member of society. I'm a mother, a daughter and a friend. I'm getting married this year. All gifts of working my program.

There truly is a better way. I'm not that girl who walked in over 3 years ago. Life still shows up but I dont medicate. Couldn't do it without a program:) I love who i am today.

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. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story with us, June. Congratulations on 6 years of recovery today!