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An addicted heart

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An addicted heart

Hi, my name is tara gregory. I am 23 and God has blessed me with 8 months sober. My story starts back in 2007 when i was a junior in high school. I had lost my mom to a heart attack 4 yrs prior, just gave birth to my son, was in a terrible relationship, and had a very unconforting home life. I used to say she (herion) showed up in the nic of time bc i was on the verge of suicide. If it werent for dope i wouldnt be here. If only i knew the consquenes that came with that statement. I started off using as a careless rookie in the game does,.paying mind to the advice to stop from others. I gave 7 years of my life to herion. I let it take more than i even had. I gave her everything i could, but on the night of march 7th 2011 she tried to take my life. It was lioe any other nite, i was needing a fix and homeless. So i took a guy( tht i knew previous n knew not to mess with) up on his offer to let me stay at a trailer that he owned. Well when i got up there he wouldnt let me leave. I was locked inside a camper,tortured,beat,and raped for 4 weeks. I was 21 years old. I accepted death bc of.the needle. I realized i had so much i wanted to do in life and so many relationships i wanted to fix. Bc of an addicts lifestyle bouncing around place to place not one person came looking for me. But u know who was sitting right there, that damn needle n dope, no she didnt leave. And finally i realized she wasnt my friend she had beaten me until i was nothing. Bc of drugs a 62 yrold demented pervert was going to take from me. And i cried, i bawled, i screamed and it was that moment that i realized i was crying bc i didnt wanna die so i knew sumwhere deep down i still loved myself n i was got.fight for my life. I jumped out of his car april 14 going down a freeway and i ran for me. I didnt run for drugs, i ran bc i love myself n respect myself. I ran bc i wanted to LIVE !!! And ive been living ever sense. I learned a valueable lesson. In order for an addict to quit, they need to find love for themselves and forgiveness.

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
What an amazing story, Tara. You are very brave and strong. Congratulations on 4 years today.