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I come from a home where both parents were alcoholics, my brothers and sisters drank and smoked pot, my grandfather was an alcoholic and several aunts and uncles were alcoholics.? I just thought it was normal to be drunk all the time. I had my first taste at a wedding when I was 10; I had 2 glasses of champagne and loved it.? My next dance with alcohol came at 14 when I started drinking wine coolers. I slowly progressed over the years, tried beer, vodka, rum, but mostly wine.? I thought wine was safe. It's not hard stuff so I'm not an alcoholic, right? Wrong. I continued to drink "socially" and then it started to be ok to drink when I was alone, early in the morning,?a couple times?on the job.? It was taking over and I couldn't stop it.? I got a little counseling here and there, but never for more than a couple weeks.? I would drag my hung-over self into work late, call in sick, miss important events, and yell at my kids.? Finally, just last month, I told my doctor.? I told him the truth and I also fessed up to God.?I admitted that I couldn't control it anymore and I was at a loss on what to do.? Just a mess.? My doctor has since put me on Naltrexone and it's actually working.? It's been almost 3 weeks and I haven't touched a glass.? I still have a long way to go, but as someone who didn't think I could ever get off that hellish booze induced ride, there is hope.? It's working for me and maybe it can help someone else out there. Peace and good luck :)

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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