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From c.o to "cracked out"

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From c.o to "cracked out"

I was raised up when the awareness to prevent teen drug use was campaigned on television during cartoons and to be quite honest never once thought about using drugs because it made no sense to me. Years passed and I was employed in the law enforcement field when I suffered post traumatic stress following the suicide I witnessed of someone I had dated for a duration. It was after this event that I found myself addicted to "crack cocaine" at the age of 35. The next couple of months I found myself plunging increasingly deeper into the madness where I eventually sold my vehicle to finance my habit and due to lack of funds eventually got evicted landing my children and myself on the streets with no place to go. It wasnt until I had lost everything and observed some of the other drug addicts around me when I realized that this whole behavior was not me. I knew better and as such I need to do better. I began the road to recovery by taking one step at a time, one day at a time. Drug addiction is a mental thing. Your mind conttols your body. You control your mind. Make the change. Its not too late. A lot of people are quick to place stereotypes on people and situations. To be honest, I never, ever imagined myself in this predicament. The best thing a person can do for their loved one whi has an addiction is to understand, not judge or place blame. The best thing a person with an addiction can do is not blame your self. I did a lot of internet research and found that most people addicted to drugs already had some sort of underlying mental issues prior to. For that reason alone, theres no point in beating yourself up for what youve done in the past. Its what you do today that makes the difference. I hope this story helps someone and my life experiences would not have been in vain.


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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