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Hi there, my name is Lisa and my story is one of hope!? I started experimenting with drugs when I was a teenager.? My mom and dad are both addicts who do not think they have a problem.? As a teen I just smoked pot, but I grew tired of that and started to experiment with everything from exstacy to meth.? My addiction led me so far down the wrong path that it took me a very long time to get back.? I hurt my family, my friends, and most of all myself.? I have severe anxiety and have dealt with depression a lot also.? Looking back on it, I think that my use of drugs was to dull down my anxiety and give me a temporary and fasle sense of happiness.? In 2007 I was in a bad accident due to my own carelessness.? I was driving drunk and flipped my car three times.? It is a miracle that I lived through this and came out of the accident with only a few bumps and bruises.? After this accident I started trying to get clean, but I always went back to using.? I was so mad and confused about my life.? I didn't understand why I had survived and I didn't feel like I deserved to survive.? I wanted to stop using so badly, but I just could not seem to do it.? I would get clean for a short amount of time and then mess up and feel so guilty.? Shortly after the accident I lost a very good job that I loved.? I stayed in some type of legal trouble resulting in the loss of my license and jail time not to mention a mountain of fines.? I?just went further down.? I had lost all hope.? Then I met a very special person who helped me change my life.? This person seemed to believe in me which was very shocking then, but?in time made me believe in myself again.? I started trying to get clean again and I started praying.? I knew there had to be a reason that I lived through that accident, and I wanted to know what that reason was.? I started to develope a relationship with God, and I grew stronger but still I struggled.? I got into adderall this time, and I justified it because this drug helped me focus and become very productive.? At the end of 2010 I had an "experience" that changed my entire being.? The experience is unexplainable, but it brought me closer to God and further away from my addiction.? Since this experience I have set goals for myself and acheived many of them.? I enrolled myself in college and earned 43 credits so far, I got my license back and got a car without the help of a family member for financing purposes, got a job that I pursued because I wanted it, and most importantly I am DRUG FREE!

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. Chelsea
hi Lisa. I also met a really special person who helped me quit my drug of choice. I still crave it very often, especially today, and reading your story gives me hope. You're doing great, keep up the good fight!!!