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Making the choice to stop

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Making the choice to stop

I grew up in an unstable environment for most of my childhood. There was always a mixture of fighting, drugs alcohol and on top of that I was adopted by the man my mom married. He had 5 kids and I had one sister and we all stayed under the same roof. The ages expanded form me being the youngest at 4 to my oldest brother 21. With that, you could only imagine the chaos with 7 children. We lived a wealthy life for the most part so poverty was not the issue. The issue was that anything went and there were never consequences. Being the youngest, I had always followed in the footsteps of my siblings. My blood sister on the other hand did not. She was very smart, independent and motivated. I was very good at sports throuout my youth. It was my passion to play soccer for the rest of my life. I never thought I would loose that passion, but eventually I did. After my biological mother and my adoptee father divorced, we were lost. We had no where to go and had no clue what to do. I lived with my mother and her boyfriend until I was 12.

I began to realize I wanted more freedom and hate my moms boyfriend so I moved to my dads 'where anything goes'.. I started hanging out with my "step sister" and that's where it all started. I went wild. I began smoking pot at 12 which then led to cocaine, OxyContin and many more. Eventuallyy sister and I got an apartment when I was 16, she was 21. it got worse from there. I met a new guy that I am still with. We got involved and immidiately got addicted to lortabs. We were in heavy addiction taking 20 each a day. We continued this for 2 years until it brought us both to our knees because we we doing things that we would never do sober. We both went to rehab.

Three monhs of treatment and a lot of hard work has pulled us through. He now has an amazing paying job, we have our own house, and we are happy and healthy. One thing I have to stress is it IS hard to stop using but with support and dedication, you can accomplish anything. I was hard for me after I got sober to not want to use. But when those times come, pray, call someone, write how you feel. Don't go use. Its definitely going to be hard , but that's the point. You have to push yourself to accomplish what you want in life. In the end it is totally worth it. I promise you, if I could stop using, you can too. Give yourself enough respect to have a better life. You deserve it you are worth it an YOU are here for a reason. I am 20 now and I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. I hope you will be too!

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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