Don't let life pass you by
I started using heroin at 16. It was actually the first drug I'd ever tried. I knew it was dangerous but I was too depressed to care. By 17 I had been arrested for my first felony and was pregnant with my first child. I stayed clean while I was pregnant but I decided that I wasn't ready to be a mother. I started using again and one afternoon I took my daughter to my mother's and never went back. By 19 I was pregnant again. This time I didn't stop. I was arrested again and had my son in county jail. A few weeks later I went to jail for almost a year. As soon as I got out I got high again. Over the years I was arrested again and again, went to rehab over and over. I never thought about how my life would turn out. I never cared. But now at 28 I can't help but regret all the mistakes I've made. I'm a convicted felon, I can't find a job or a place to live. I'm unemployed with no employment history or college education. My life has, and is, going nowhere. If I were able to meet myself ten years ago I would tell myself that while I was busy getting high life was busy passing me by. I can never get those years back and I can never forget the mistakes I've made. If you are using right now, stop before it's too late. Stop before you look back at your life with nothing but regret.
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