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I have a life now

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I have a life now

I am a person in long-term recovery and what that means to me is I have been drug free for over 5 years.? I started using at age 12 and couldn??t stop.? Using was a lifestyle to me because I did it so young I just thought that was what everyone did.? It was really fun at first, hanging with my friends and getting high and going to concerts.? Then I found heroin at age 17 and my life started to go down hill.? Nothing was important to me but using drugs.? During this whirlwind I became pregnant and that didn??t stop me from using either.? I have been in and out of treatment for years until I finally threw my hands up and gave myself to recovery.? I was done with the pain and the shame of addiction.? The McShin Foundation took me in with no money and showed me how to live again.? McShin and a twelve-step program helped save my life.? After leaving the house I became a productive member of society and started working at McShin giving back to the recovering addict like it was given to me.? Today I am surrounded by recovery and I love every bit of it.? I am a proud wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.? Recovery has changed my life around completely and I am truly grateful for all of it.? And because of other recovering people being there to guide me in my recovery when I was completely helpless and broken I am able to live a very happy life 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. Peter From North Wales
Yes, Good Job Indeed!! Gives me hope and inspiration.
2. John Shinholser
good job!!!!