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Sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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Sick and tired of being sick and tired.

To start off, I grew up in a good home. I was always picked on in school, and therefore I was sometimes alone. I was 17 when I first tried marijuana, what the cool kids did. experimenting with, and that's when my codependency to drugs tipped off. I started lying, manipulating, cheating, just to find some money for drugs. and take the car and take the car keys from my dad just so I can get high. Then it escalated to crack cocaine and that's when I really decelerated a spiral of guilt and denial. I went to a drug rehab for 4 months, when I got out I just started drinking, and didn't realize that any mood or mind altering substances will effect my judgement on any drug commitments I had.

I started smoking and using coke again and realized I had a problem. For the first time in my 7 years of using I hit a bottom. When I saw a picture at the time, of my 1 year old son. All I had was his pic in my wallet as I was standing outside a dope hole. The next day I got shipped out to a drug rehab for the second time. This time around I was more humble and more receptive to any help accommodated to me. I did another 4 months and got out. The first thing I did was go to an N.A meeting. I got a sponsor, started working steps and have an amazing sponsor family with me.

27 months later here I stand, the man I was always set out to be. I am finding myself today. I'm a great dad to my 3 year old son. I'm a responsible person today. I have a job, I have some money in the bank, and I have my life back thanks to narcotics anonymous. I am the great son and father today. My clean date is November 18, 2010 and I'm so proud of it. If I can do it you definetely can. I was a crack head bum who walked the streets at night, and was always dirty and hungry. Now I'm a smart and friendly human being always looking to do the next right thing. I speak at mental hospitals for kids and drug rehibilation centers. I give back what was freely given to me, the gift of life. And for that my friend, I am forever grateful.

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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