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Recovery is possible

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Recovery is possible

Hello, my name is Mark. I am 29 years old and i was an addict. It started with marijuana when i was 17 years old. I smoked pot for about 8 years. For 8 years it was constant arguements, bickering and fighting with my parents. Everybody did it, so why cant I do it? Eventually I progressed from marijuana to opiates when i was about 25 years old. I was introduced to oxycodone and I was instantly hooked. It wasnt as detectable as the marijuana, so it served as an alternative for me. In the 4 years i was addicted, i always felt like i had everything under control. I felt like i could stop whenever i wanted, i felt like i wasnt hooked. But every time i ran out or was close to running out, i would buy more to feed my need. Eventually my parents caught on, and my girlfriend caught on, and i can honestly say those were the 4 worst years of my life. The opiates almost destroyed my family, my personal life, and almost killed me. It is not worth it. I gave in to getting treated about 4 months ago, and it was the best decision i have ever made. The doctor has prescribed medication and i go to therapy sessions about once every 2 weeks. Its discreet, noone at work knows, noone but my family knows. I can function normally now, i can focus at work, i dont get withdfawal symptoms, it is the best feeling in the world. I feel the best i have felt in years, my wife is happy and i have regained my families respect and trust. To me, that is worth a lot more than getting high and dry on a consistent basis. I wanted to share my story so that people will know and understand that there is a way out. There is a way to recover. You yourself have to want to recover, that is the first step. Noone can make you quit, or go to therapy. It all starts with the will to want to quit. And recovery is possible. I am living proof.

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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