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Hello!!My name is Dee, and actually my journey with drugs started late in life!! ?I expiremented with pot and alcohol when I was a teenager but my problems didn't start until I was in my late 20's and early 30's! ?First lt me start by saying that I didn't come from a family of addicts or alcoholics, well, at least as far as I know I didn't, no one will really say for sure, lol, so, as far as I know, myself and my younger brother are the only ones in the family who are addicts and/or alcoholics! ?My addiction started with pain killers!! ?Demerol, Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc, etc. ?I had a long list of medical problems thjat started me on the pain killers and once my doctors, (AND THERE WERE MANY DOCTORS TOWARDS THE END OF MY PILL CRAZE!!), ?found out that I was abusing the pills they cut me off cold turkey! ?by then, I was far beyond taking the pills for pain relief...I was taking them to self medicate my bi-polar disorder and the fact that I was molested as a little girl!! ?Once I was cut off of my pills, I had a so called friend at the time who introduced me to the "wonderful world of Heroin"!!! ?That was it for me!! ?I went down hill from there....I went from a healthy 110lbs, to 82lbs. then I decided to mix heroin and cocaine! ?Needless to say i was shooting both drugs at this time, and I was leading a double life!! ?Believe it or not, I hid my drug use from my Fiance" for almost 2 years! ?He knew that I was taking pills , and he knew that I had a problem with pills, but when I stopped going to the doctor, i convinced him that I was ok! ?He was working 7 days a week 12 to 16 hours a day so by the time that he came home at night, I was well, and put on a great front and acted like my old self before drugs! ?I was the best actress and liar in the world to him and my parents! ?I have 3 children and luckily, I didn't start using until well after they were born....but....I lost my relationship with mo oldest son and my only daughter duing my drug use, and my poor little girl was also dealing with her father who is an addict also and he is still using!! ?I have since formed a wonderful relationship with my oldest son, and my daughter and my youngest son has seen me through all of this also. I am soooo happy to say that , with the help of the Methadone Program, I will have 10 years clean as of this Valentine's Day!!! ?It took getting arrested with coke and heroin on me and my children and fiance giving me the choice of staying on drugs...or having them in my life! ?THANK GOD I CHOSE HAVING MY FAMILY IN MY LIFE!!!?

I want to help others to see the light like I did!! ? I go to as many NA meetings that I can find in a week and I try to help others who are going through what I went through and if my story can help just ONE person , then I have done what God put me on this earth to do!!!

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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