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Young recovering addict

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Young recovering addict

My name is Woody I'm 22 years old and I'm a recovering addict. ?The very last day I used any mood changing or mind-altering substance was May 23, 2010. I grew up in a good home with loving parents. My dad owned his own buisness and did very well for my family. I was taught good morals and to work hard. My parents were always busy so i didnt get much attention at home. When i was in school i was always the class clown and starved for attention and to?be wanted. I remember as a kid I would sneak beer out of my dad's cooler. I hated the way it tasted but I loved the way it felt. When I was 13 I found marijuana stashed in my parents kitchen. The very first time I smoked it I fell in love with it. It wasn't something I did all the time and I eventually grew tired of it, I wanted something more. My first year of high school, I went to school where I didn't know anybody. I started doing what I could to fit in from the start. I started hangin out with a group of boys and one night I saw ecstasy for the first time. Immediately I loved it. I could party all night long and was the life of the party. All through high school I tried all types of drugs but my favorite by far was pain killers.

After graduating high school I went on to college. About 2 weeks into college I started abusing pain medicine by shooting them up with a needle. Right away I was hooked on this new way of getting loaded. A few days after starting IV drug abuse I came across my drug of choice, heroin. The very first time it hit my blood stream I knew that it was what I always wanted. A month later heroin was all that I wanted. I had a part time job and it wasn't enough to support my habit. I had a savings account that my grandmother put money in for me since I was a baby. I had about $6000 in it and I blew through that in a matter of months with my partying habits. I started stealing from my parents and buying large amounts of dope so I could sell it to support my habit. That went well for a little while until I started using more than I was selling. In the process of all this I got fired from my job by my own father. I ended up quiting school and getting kicked out of my house. I moved into an apartment with a close friend of mine and my girlfriend at the time. During that time I was pushing my loved ones away and centering my life around drugs and partying. I began to be more and more miserable. I chose to blame everybody else for my problems and stayed pissed off at the world 24/7.

After living like that a while I had enough of myself. I hated the person I was. I just didn't know what to do. I eventually got caught up in a big lie I told and broke down and told my best friend what I've been doing. My friend drove me to a hospital. I told the doctor that I'm under the influence of heroin and I needed help. He told me that he couldn't get me into a rehab facility, but he could get me into a mental health hospital, but only if I was thinking about suicide. I wanted to get out of the mess that I called my life so bad but I wasn't suicidal at that point. I lied and told the doctor that I was, just so I could get somewhere and get help. I ended up at a mental health place in new Orleans, la. After being there 3 days detoxing I went back home with my parents. They sent me to a treatment center in Tennessee. I was there for 4 months. At the treatment center I learned that my problem wasn't drugs, my problem was me. The center I was at introduced me to the 12 steps of NA. I found my higher power and I started to get more spiritual. After leaving the treatment center I was told to go to 90 NA or AA meetings in 90 days. I went to 180 meetings in 90 days. I found a sponsor and started working the steps. My life has been so much better because of the 12 steps. I still face life's hardships everyday, but I'm able to do it while being clean and humble. Everyday has been a blessing to me and I owe it all to NA, my friends, my family, and most of all to God. I now have, a house, a vehicle, and a great job. NA has given me my life back and I am grateful evry day.


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, Woody. Congratulations to your on your recovery.