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The struggle

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The struggle

It started when I was a teenager. I was doing every drug I could get my hands on. It really went bad when I was 18 and i started to use heroin. I struggled for 5 years off and on while trying rehab and other programs but it didnt work until 2 years ago. I had a very strong support system in place but it took everyone saying no to me and facing jail time that I finally gave up on the drugs and started working on myself. My brother is still battling addiction and is in jail right now. I have so much more to live for and I actually enjoy myself and others today. I am in a healthy relationship with my fiance and have a job that I've held for almost two years now. I had to get away from everyone and everything that was part of that life which was harder than I could have imagined. But it was the only way. I hope that someone can find hope in what I've written and know that if I can do it then anyone can. Thanks for letting me share.

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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