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Career lost, family almost left me, but i'm still here

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Career lost, family almost left me, but i'm still here

I worked for the state of Mississippi for almost 13 years. When my dad died, I lost it. I had told him I would mow his lawn that hot August day in 2007, but i didn't make it. He did it himself and had a heart attack....the mail man found him dead among the rose bushes.

I carried that guilt a long time. I hid it behind vodka, xanax, oxycontin, hydrocodone, and finally heroin.

I am a father of 3 loveley children and am married to a long-suffering wife. I fell to the point of using my kids to cover for me when I'd go on drug runs.

I lost my job, I spent my father's life insurance money, my entire retirement fund, my family almost left me, and I tried to kill myself, but the gun clicked instead of firing.

In November 2009 i went into treatment. Since then, I am drug free and in recovery.

It's all about WANTING to stop. I don't care what anyone says - if you WANT to stop enough, you will take the drastic steps in life to shield yourself from ANYONE or ANYTHING that could harm you.

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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