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Sober at 22

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Sober at 22

At age 21 my life was falling apart. I felt like I was alone, I was very sick and very tired. I had not had a real nights sleep in months.. or years. I could not go 4 hours without a drink or hit without getting violently ill. One night I realized everything I was doing was not me, the people I was with were not real friends. I had become selfish and had fallen into the violent doward cycle of guilt, drinking over it, making more bad decisions then drinking and using more to try and forget about it. I was sick and tired of being sick, and tired. I needed help and I was lucky enough to find it. Since finding a 12 step program my life is amazing and i have become the good caring person i always knew i was. I could not be happier with my life, my highs as a sober young person are so much better then any high from all the drugs i had done. I say i was lucky because since then i have know three of my friends who did not want to change their ways and they have overdosed and died. I can wake up everyday and be happy and sober. I am now 26 and am so grateful and happy I was able to find help. I also did not realize how much fun being sober could be. I hope this can help at least one other person. Young people do suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction... and those who have decided to chage their lives are happy.

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. Jennifer
I'm now twenty-two and going through a very similar situation. I'm fortunate I was able to stop before things got even more serious but it's definitely weird to be sober at twenty-two. I've started a blog as a way to cope. Hopefully if anyone comes across this, they will be interested in seeing they're not alone as this post has done for me!